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Art auction to help shelter on 1st birthday

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Spider Monkey and Spin, two kittens at the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, pose with an acrylic painting of peonies by Jessica Rich, who is among dozens of artists who have donated works for the Gimme Shelter Art Auction next week.

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BY CINDY BEAMON
Albemarle Life Editor

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art lovers have the perfect chance next week to buy some original works and support the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina at the same time.

The SPCA is hosting its Gimme Shelter Art Auction featuring works and prints by dozens of artists in the region on Thursday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre.

Area artists have donated around 40 works for this year's event, said Kim Parrish, SPCA board of directors president. A variety of artistic styles and subjects will be up for bid, such as Hope Mallott’s stylized multi-media cow, Betty Haar-Salvo’s classic river scene, Donna Higgins Colson's colorful cats, Paul Foreman's ceramic bird house, Will Long's octopus painted with ink and coffee and much more.

The event marks the first anniversary of the new shelter’s opening in May 2016.

The $1 million animal shelter at 102 Enterprise Drive was funded in part by a long-term low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as a USDA grant, private support and many community fundraisers. The shelter replaced a cramped and antiquated facility at the end of Wilson Street that was long overdue, supporters said.

Parrish said funds raised from this year's auction will go toward operating the shelter.

"We're running a larger building, but we had to have it, absolutely," she said.

While the shelter has improved the SPCA's service to pets and the public, the cost for electric bills and a new $44,000-a-year mortgage have added to expenses, she said. Proceeds will also go toward other expenses, such as staffing, medical treatments and pet supplies.

Since 2010, the art auction, scheduled every other year, has been a fun way to raise between $7,000 to $10,000 toward SPCA needs, Parrish said. The event includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar and starts with a preview of the art at 6 p.m. before the auction starts at 7 p.m.

Artists who have contributed works this year include Judy Bauman, Donna Higgins Colson, Paul and Carlee Foreman, Betty Haar-Salvo, Lyn Jenkins, Robert Kelly-Goss, Andy Mason, Carolyn Peel, Phyllis Phillips, Patricia Sterritt, Dru Thompson, Jim Turdici, Hunter Michael, Katy Caroline, Erin Goldmeir, Jessica Rich, William Long, Laura Denunzio, Barbara Wachter, Deb Watts, Ursula Tolson, Margie Sawyer and others.

What's happening?

What: Gimme Shelter Art Auction

Who: Benefit for SPCA of Northeastern NC

Where: Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St.

When: Thursday, May 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20, can be purchased at SPCA Shelter, 102 Enterprise Dr., or at AoA

Contact: 338-5222.

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