Wine & cigar boxes by the sea

Local artists’ whimsical works auctioned to benefit Friends of the Dunes

Friends of the Dunes

UNTITLED Box by  Patricia Sundgren Smith.

UNTITLED Box by
Patricia Sundgren Smith.

MANILA – Local artists have transformed old wooden cigar boxes into small treasure chests. These boxes will be in a silent auction at Wine By The Sea at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.

ON MY BLANKET UNDER OUR STARS Box by Gina Tuzzi.

ON MY BLANKET UNDER OUR STARS Box by Gina Tuzzi.

Some of the artists who said “Yes!” when asked to participate and donate their time include Maureen McGarry, Gina Tuzzi, Steven Vander Meer, Allison Curtis, Patricia Sundgren Smith, Joan Dunning, Linda Wise, Patricia Sennott, Paul Rickard, Mary Harper, Joyce Jonte, Jody Bryan, Lush Newton and Claire Iris Schencke. Various art methods were used by this cross-section of the Humboldt art community including acrylic painting, diorama, carving and inking, pyrography, transparent watercolor and collage.

SHOREBIRDS Box by Jody Bryan.

SHOREBIRDS Box by Jody Bryan.

In addition to the boxes shown here, Allison Curtis, well known for painting the fowl she raises, portrays Black-breasted Red Phoenix. Joan Dunning  painted Gray Fox, Brush Rabbit & Deer Mouse. Patricia Sennott painted a honeybee working in her lime tree, Citrus Pollinator.

BENT GOAT CIGARS  Box  by Steven Vander Meer.

BENT GOAT CIGARS Box
by Steven Vander Meer.

About her tiny diorama, sculptor Linda Mowry Wise said, “I used to live in Arcata, years ago. I recall walking at the Arcata Marsh, seeing someone familiar across a field, waving a greeting to them from afar. That is what my reconstructed box is about, Boxed up Arcata Memory.”

Spend the afternoon gazing out at the ocean, sipping on local wines and nibbling locally made desserts, cheeses, barbecued oysters and other tasty treats. Now add good friends, live music and fabulous auction items, all in support of a good cause. This popular event supports Friends of the Dunes education and conservation programs; helping connect people of all ages to the beauty of the coast. Advance tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at Wildberries Marketplace, the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and at friendsofthedunes.org.

This afternoon event takes place in the Manila Dunes and includes wine tasting, delicious local foods, raffle items, live painting by Matt Beard, live music and a wine pull. Proceeds benefit educational programs of Friends Of The Dunes. Visit friendsofthedunes.org or call (707) 444-1397 for tickets and more information. Tickets are also available at Wildberries Marketplace.

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