Art Hootenanny on Saturday comes to the aid of artist Bob Chapman

Area artists are donating their original art works to be auctioned off this Saturday evening (Jan. 28) for a good cause — to help another artist.


The 2012 Art Hootenanny from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Oakwood will come to the aid of Bob Chapman, who lives in Champaign and needs emergency eye surgery and doesn’t have insurance to cover the cost.


At first the artists who organized the auction tried to keep it secret from Chapman. They wanted to throw him a surprise party during the event. Recently, though, the artists informed him of the event so they could share news of the Art Hootenanny on the Web and inspire more artists to donate and more people to attend.


To raise money himself, Chapman has been selling much of his own art at discounted prices at www.ChapmanFineArt.com. So check it out, his work is beautiful and interesting.


For the Art Hootenanny, the arts community has been generous — you can see that when you check out the photographs of donated items at the Hootenanny Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/zU5xjH.


I’m tempted to bid on Jan Ebling’s copper-and-turquoise necklace, even though I’ve been making my own jewelry for quite a while now.


Besides an art auction, the Art Hootenanny promises music, food and fun. The Sleepy Creek Vineyards (www.sleepycreekvineyards.com), owned by artists Joe and Dawn Taylor, is beautiful, rustic and a lot of fun in and of itself.


And the Hootenanny is free and open to the public.


If you can’t make the auction, you can submit your maximum bid on items or ask questions via email to Joe Taylor at joe@sleepycreekvineyards.com, or call 733-0330. Online bids must sent in by 5 p.m. this Saturday.

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