BENEFIT Townhall II Art Auction nears Event features finest in local and national artwork

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By Margaret Garmon Record-Courier correspondent The Townhall II Art Auction promises something for everyone with select artwork from a New York gallery, fine designs from local artists and special auction packages and theme baskets from Portage and Summit counties finest business establishments. The annual fund-raiser begins at noon March 9 at the Maplewood Career Center on S.R. 88 in Ravenna. Ross Galleries returns with fine artwork from international and national artists. No matter what the area of interest is, with 15 subject categories, art patrons are sure to find an art style suited to their tastes. Americana, contemporary, traditional, impressionist, southwestern, western, oriental, seascapes, landscapes, abstracts, children, florals, still lifes, primitives and sports are among the styles to choose from. Local artisans include Steinert Glass School in Kent, which has donated two pieces of fine glasswork, and Standing Rock Cultural Arts, also in Kent, which has donated a one-of-a-kind pottery piece and photograph. A gift certificate for Don Drumm Studios in Akron will also be offered along with a surprise box. Also among the auction items are a cobalt blue vase and Roseville pottery console bowl donated by City Bank Antiques in Kent. From paintings or collectors posters, all will complement the home or office or place of business, according to Karen Barrett, a member of the Townhall II board of directors and chairman of the auction committee. This art auction is a chance to help Townhall II. The success of our previous auctions and popular mystery nights is evident in the support generated for Townhall II and its many fine programs, Barrett said. Now that Townhall IIs agencies are housed in one convenient location in the former First Merit Bank Building on North Water Street in Kent, Townhall II can continue in moving forward with services and outreach to the greater Portage County community. Coming to the auction is one way community members can show their support plus have a great time, Barrett added. The March 9 auction includes an elegant hors doeuvres and coffee-dessert buffet. And with winter weather drawing to a close, the event is a chance for patrons to shake off the winter doldrums and buy something nice for themselves or their homes. Patrons may contact Townhall II and provide information on their preferred choice of artwork to provide a wide selection of preferred items. The ticket price of $25 includes admission to the preview and the auction, buffet, and automatic entry into the drawings for prizes and cash. For tickets and additional information, or to express a preference for the kind of artwork patrons are interested in bidding in, call Townhall II at (330) 678-3006. Getting ready for the annual Townhall II Fund-raiser and Art Auction are, from left, Karen Barrett, Sue Whitehurst, and artisans Mike Levinsky and Gary Lockwood. Each is showing off a sample of the fine local artwork that will be offered during the March 9 auction at Maplewood Career Center. Barrett, a member of the Townhall II board of directors, displays a photo provided by Mike Hovancsek, assistant director of Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Whitehurst is executive director of Townhall II.

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