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Art auction to benefit Loyalhanna Watershed Association

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Trib Total Media
Wink Knowles, president of the board and Pat Slack, board secretary, prepare items to be auctioned to benefit the Loyalhanna Watershed Association.
Sean Stipp | Trib Total Media
A carved hiking staff to be auctioned at the 29th annual Art Auction Benefit for the Loyalhanna Watershed Association.
Sean Stipp | Trib Total Media
Pat Slack prepares items for the Sept. 28 auction.

Several Ligonier area artists will showcase their skills on Saturday during the Loyalhanna Watershed Association's 29th art auction benefit.

Artists Rita Kambic Haldeman, Ron Donoughe and Bud Gibbons will be creating quick-draw paintings at the event. These pieces also will be part of the art auction.

“This is our major fundraiser for the Loyalhanna Watershed Association,” said Pat Slack, event chairwoman. “We will feature 30 pieces in the auction this year.”

There will be a silent auction and a live auction led by Gene Kravits, artist and owner of Truffles Antiques in Laughlintown.

“All of the artwork highlights the local environment and reflects the beauty of our local area,” said Slack, who is also the secretary of the association's board.

Wink Knowles, president of the association's board, has been involved in the auction for six years.

“It exemplifies our wildlife,” Knowles said. “It helps us get out the message about how important it is to preserve what we have, conserve what we have and restore what we can.”

Items in the auction include several oils on canvas, etchings, acrylics on canvas, watercolors, bronze statues, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and photography.

Six artists who display artwork in local galleries are participating in the auction, including Dawn Brown and Rachel Hunt Knowles of G Squared Gallery; William M. Hoffman Jr. of Hoffman Studio; Cheryl Robertson of Ligonier's Loft; Paul Sirofchuck of Main Exhibit Gallery; and Stuart Thompson of Thompson Studio.

The auction will include an opportunity to bid on two nature walks led by board members, a private tour of Fallingwater and a bird-watching outing.

The evening will also feature a youth art competition for students residing within the Latrobe, Derry and Ligonier Valley school districts.

The quick draw and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the live auction at 8:30 p.m.

For information about the benefit, which will be held in a private club in Laughlintown, call 724-238-7560.