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Publish Date: 2/17/2006

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Patrons view artwork at the Young at Art show at Longmont Free University, 505 Main St. The pieces will be auctioned Feb. 25.Times-Call/Lewis Geyer

Gavel time
Art show and auction benefit local youth agencies

 LONGMONT — The second annual Young at Art Auction allows local youth to feel like Picasso for a night when their artworks go on the auction block for a good cause.

The event, which will be held Feb. 25 at Longmont Free University, will benefit the St. Vrain Family Center and Friends of the Longmont Youth Center.

The two agencies started the art auction, which features pieces done by area youth of all ages, as a signature fundraiser.

Last year’s event raised $4,000, said Leisl Athen, president of the Friends of the Longmont Youth Center.

She said this year’s goal is to raise $10,000. More than 50 artworks were submitted to the auction.

Funds from the auction will help fund community initiatives.

The St. Vrain Family Center said its mission is to promote healthy parenting and family relationships through play groups, parenting classes and support services.

Friends of the Longmont Youth Center said it supports the City of the Longmont’s Youth Center and its programs through financial and other assistance in order to improve the social conditions of local youth.

The artworks include many styles and sizes, including a large painting of Elvis done by the Sister Cities Ambassadors who completed a similar piece while they visited Japan.

This is Jerry Reed’s second showing in the Young at Art Auction. The Skyline High sophomore said his pencil drawing of a tiger sold for $60 last year.

In this year’s show, he has two colored pencil drawings. One is of a grinning tiger; the other is of a young duck wearing an inner tube.

“I like to see what other people do with their paintings and drawings,” he said. “There are some really good pieces. And I like it when people say good things about my stuff.”

Erica Shea, 11, was viewing the artworks with her family last week and said her Japanese cut-out piece of a setting sun looked even better in a matte and frame.

The framing and matting of all the pieces were donated by The Great Frame Up & Artists Gallery and Art Warehouse.

The artworks have been on display at Longmont Free University since the opening and reception Feb. 10.

At the main event Feb. 25, the public can meet the young artists and bid on their favorite pieces.

Shea said her piece, titled “Runway to Heaven,” was a project she completed with the art club at Mead Middle School, where she is a student.

“I think this is cool because kids get to do art and people want to buy their stuff,” she said.

Her mother, Jean, said being part of the Young at Art event has been a learning experience for their family.

“It’s a neat idea, and it’s a chance for them and us to see what an art auction is,” she said.

If you go

What: The Young at Art Auction

When: Feb. 25. Meet the artists from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Longmont Free University, 505 Main St.

Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-684-5274, or by e-mail at msidwell@times-call.com.

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