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Gallery show precedes art auction

Sunlight on Lynx Creek, a photograph by Bonnie Dann.

Sunlight on Lynx Creek, a photograph by Bonnie Dann.

Art is often inspired by nature's beauty and, now, art will celebrate the protection of that beauty. On Friday, May 22, the One Man's Treasure Art Auction will support Prescott Creeks - but in the time leading up to the auction, the public will have a chance to view the art up for auction at multiple galleries around Prescott.

Starting Saturday, April 16, and running until Friday, April 22, the art in the live auction will be on display at 'Tis Art Center and Gallery. One Man's Treasure co-chair Paula Cooperrider said the gallery's sponsorship fits right in with their giving in the community.

"'Tis Art Center and Gallery is well known for supporting artists and the art community through programs like their free STEPS art school for kids and dedicated participation in the Fourth Friday Art Walk," Cooperrider said. "So their support of the One Man's Treasure Art Auction fits right in there along with their other good works."

The art on display and up for auction celebrates materials up-cycling and Prescott Creeks reflects the diversity of artists inspired by Prescott's creeks, lakes and surrounding forests, with diverse work as well.

There's Bonnie Dann's photography capturing light on water, Brad DeVries' 6-foot welded Kachina sculpture, Ron Miller's industrial chic metal purse, and Anne Legge's Raven painted on a wooden cabinet panel.

Following the exhibit at 'Tis, the artwork will be on display at other businesses such as Van Gogh's Ear, Granite Mountain Brewing, Keller Williams Realty, The Hike Shack and the Raven Café. Those who attend the displays can see which pieces they would like to bid for in the auction.

Along with the auctions, art studio experiences and art-related trips, attendees will also enjoy music, appetizers, wine from Page Springs Cellars and desserts. Patrons can also buy raffle tickets for a basket of outdoor hiking treasures donated by The Hike Shack and everyone will be entered for a door prize of a $200 wine and chocolate pairing donated by Exotic Chocolate Tasting.

The exhibit and auction supports Prescott Creeks' initiative for healthy watersheds and clean waters in Central Arizona as well as Prescott College.

The auction will be on Friday, May 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Prescott College Crossroads Center, 220 Grove Ave.

Tickets are $45 and reservations can be made online through Friday, May 15, at www.prescottcreeks.org/treasure.

For more information, call the Prescott Creeks office at 928-445-5669.

- by Jason Wheeler, The Daily Courier