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Area artists devise creative way to help food shelf with art, charity benefit Oct. 10

Several artists from our region will be holding an Autumn Art Sale & Charity Benefit on October 10 at the Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake.

"The purpose is to raise awareness for the need and generate donations to the Alliance Food Shelf" says nationally recognized landscape painter and event organizer Stephen Henning. "It has been a tough year for a lot of people, and this winter could be really bad."

With the economic downturn and job layoffs, more people are out of work and need the extra support from the Food Shelf. "We have seen more people using the Food Shelf this summer than all last winter" according to Rev. Mark Hume, pastor of the Battle Lake Alliance Church, which operates the Food Shelf. "We think there will be an even bigger demand for assistance this winter."

The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the Art Sale, and they can take a 30 percent discount off anything on display. Cash donations will also be accepted. Visitors will see a wide range of art works, including original paintings, prints, pottery, wood carvings, rosemaling, beaded jewelry, batik, greeting cards and other handcrafted items.

Participating artists include Lou Miller, Ila Osman, Jon Hartman, Clarice Dieter, John Mehl, Scott Kiemle, Roxann Sorenson, Winnie Collins, Pauline Stonehouse and Stephen, Jackie and Leah Henning.

Most items will be pre-priced with the discount calculated, so patrons can see how much they can save. "If people choose to purchase a work of art, it's a win-win-win for everyone" said Henning. "The Food Shelf will increase its stock, the customer can get a beautiful work of art and the artists will certainly be glad to sell something, too." Of course, people can come just to look at the art, too.

Autumn Art Sale & Charity Benefit - Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9:00 to 5:00, at the Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake. Call LACC at 218-862-5222 for more information.