For immediate Release

February 22, 2005

contact Monica Haskell




Third Annual "Art from the Heart" Art Auction Set for March 12
To Benefit Local Arts Programs


Artwork in the March 12 auction includes "Tropical Sunset, Islamorada" by C.J.Groth (left) and "Vanda" from the Garden Walk Series by Cris Sandifer (right).

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts announces the third annual "Art from the Heart" Art Auction slated for March 12 at the Holiday Isle Resort's Quarterdeck Room. Money raised from the event will help fund many of the Council's community programs including grants to individual artists and cultural organizations.

The cocktail preview begins at 6:00 p.m. Auctioneer Tom Chasteen will open the live auction promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Art for the auction is donated by private collectors and area artists and galleries who give from their hearts to help the arts in Monroe County. Participating artists so far include Sal Salinero of Gingerbread Gallery, Tom Grant, Bluewater Potters, C.J. Groth, Deborah Goldman, Jo Cooper, Art Lovers Gallery, Darlene Cullen, Barbara Vogel, E. Wayne Smith of Gallery Key West, Carrie Disrud, Thom Joris, Fran Decker, Julie Joyce, Jim Pierce and Cris Sandifer.

The "Art from the Heart" auction was inspired by the Council's "Out of the Closet" Art Auction held in the Lower Keys for 6 highly successful years. This fundraiser is one of the major events benefiting the non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible and artists receive 50% of the sale price for their work.

The Holiday Isle resort is located in Islamorada at MM 84. Those wishing to obtain more information or to make donations of art items should contact Monica Haskell at 295-4369 or David Cohn at 853-0595.

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