Friday, July 21, 2006

Art with heart expands the soul

Hunger in Blaine County helped by charity event

Express Staff Writer

Admit it. It's always slightly more gratifying when you're spending some money on art to know that besides supporting the gallery you've also enriched a good cause. On Wednesday, July 26, the Hunger Coalition will benefit from Art & Soul, at the Anne Reed Gallery in Ketchum.

The gallery event will offer select works of art made available through the Ketchum art community through a silent auction. The artists whose work will be auctioned off are David deVillier, represented by Gail Severn Gallery; Andrew Lui, represented by Gallery deNovo; Michael Eastman, represented by Anne Reed Gallery; Abby Grosvenor, represented by Frederic Boloix Gallery; and local artist Valerie Stewart. Dinners offered by valley restaurants will be auctioned off.

Founded in 2004 by Ketchum resident Tom Iselin, the Hunger Coalition is a countywide emergency food service for those in need. The organization acquires and distributes food in the county through a network of social service agencies, grocery stores, restaurants, business and volunteers. In addition, the Hunger Coalition makes available infant formula, food vouchers and food boxes. A food bank is maintained through donations and local food drives.

"The name of this event, 'Art & Soul,' is so appropriate because the Hunger Coalition itself has soul and the soul of the community as its mission," advisory committee member Glenn Janss said. "The fact that so many in this valley go hungry is shocking. With 'Art and Soul,' the human element is involved in both the cause and the art itself."

Others on the advisory committee include valley residents Margaret Block, Jim Moore, Duncan Morton, Barbi Reed, Gail Severn, Becky Smith and Jane Timberlake.

Art & Soul

· Wednesday, July 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

· Hors d'oeurves and cocktails

· Tickets are $50, available through the Hunger Coalition at 720-8701.

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