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Art Around the Box fundraiser nets cash for library
Litchfield.bz (03-12-13)


Above, some of the artworks that was auctioned off at the Art Around the Box fundraiser for the Morris Public Library on Sunday. Below, Cathy Wheeler of Morris, left, and Goshen health and wellness guru Susan Wheeler were among those in attendance. BZ photos

The third annual Art Around the Box fundraiser held Sunday to benefit the Morris Public Library raised $6,700 that will be used to fund new programs and technology.
 
The event at the White Memorial Conservation Center's Carriage House drew a large crowd to bid on lunch boxes and bird houses decorated by 23 local artists. Prizes that include overnights at the Winvian Resort in Morris and the Litchfield Inn also were auctioned off. Tracy Keilty, a volunteer at the library, served as master of ceremonies.
 
A mystery puzzle box decorated by Bantam artist Elizabeth Wolff and Denis Williamson of Morris was won by Guy and Laura Weik of Morris, for $200. The Weiks will have to successfully figure out the mystery location by pressing buttons until a mystery treasure is revealed.
 
The $6,700 raised is the most in the three years of the event, easily topping last year's $5,500 and 2011's $4,800.
 
Nancy Lundquist, chairman of the library's board of directors and co-chairman of Art Around the Box, praised those who attended for their support and the participating artists for donating their talent to the cause.
 
"They are indeed supporters of our library," Lundquist said. "They are the ones giving us their time, support and money to enrich out library with the funds needed to ensure that the library can provide the best opportunities for all to enjoy."
 
The artists besides Wolff were Gabrielle Ammirati, Jodi Rockness, Tori Savage, Andrew Swell and Carol Zordan, all of Litchfield; Lori Barker and Laurie Sweet, both of Goshen; Jo Ann Battistoni, Marsha Doran, Dave Hoffman, Jill Howland, Tracy Martin, Gayle Terrill and Mark Young, all of Morris; Anne Haas, Yvette Haas, Ella Crampton Knox and Toby Schmidt, all of Bantam; Tessa Griffin of Milford; Barbara Hilpertshauser of Bethlehem; Kerry L McDevitt of Marble Dale; and Audrey Rougeot of Torrington.
 
A box decorated by artist Elizabeth Wolff of Bantam was auctioned off.
 
Tracy Keilty served as the master of ceremonies for the fundraiser.
 
Artist Gayle Terrill of Morris and her husband Lester check out a box created by Tessa Griffin of Milford depicting buildings and building details by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.
 
Guy Weik of Morris and his wife, Laura, contemplate bidding on the mystery treasure box.
 
Vin Aiello of Morris watches the auction unfold.
 
Anne Haas of Bantam was one of the contributing artists.