2018-03-22 / Life in Leelanau

Fundraiser to empty attics, challenge artists

By Jen Murphy
Of The Enterprise staff


STAFF AT Samaritan’s Closet used old skis and a bed frame to create their entry for the “Celebrate the Art of Giving” Leelanau Christian Neighbors fundraiser. Participants are expected to create a piece of art from repurposed items. STAFF AT Samaritan’s Closet used old skis and a bed frame to create their entry for the “Celebrate the Art of Giving” Leelanau Christian Neighbors fundraiser. Participants are expected to create a piece of art from repurposed items. Used skis, a bed frame and lots of ideas.

That’s the recipe for one team’s entry into the Leelanau Christian Neighbors’ (LCN) fundraiser called “Celebrate the Art of Giving.”

The fundraiser is unique. Teams or individuals create a piece of art from repurposed items found in basements or attics, at thrift stores or garage sales — just about anywhere. All pieces will be on display at the Old Art Building in Leland beginning Sept. 13.

Registration is open now through Aug. 1. Registration is $25 per item.

Donna Carrico, a board member of Samaritan’s Closet in Lake Leelanau, is part of the team that submitted the ski and bed frame entry.

“We are really excited to participate,” Carrico said.

She said the inspiration for the finished project came from the colors of donated items.

“Samaritan’s Closet has a lot of donations come in, and we had a lot of pairs of skis donated,” she said. “The second thing was the red bed frame. The bright colors really called to us. That was the starting point. And no one wants all of those skis to go to a landfill. It’s better to up-cycle them.”

Carrico said Samaritan’s Closet and LCN share some of the same clients and that the two agencies have had a collaborative relationship for years.

LCN Executive Director Mary Stanton said the inspiration for the fundraiser came from a similar event she worked on at Goodwill.

“It’s with their blessing we are doing this,” Stanton said.

And Stanton is eager to see what teams create.

“It’s incredible when you start thinking in this realm,” she said. “Now’s your chance to turn objects into something fun. And it’s a great way to support LCN.”

Businesses, book clubs, church groups, families and individuals are all encouraged to participate.

“It’s a fun, team-building effort,” Stanton said.

Tickets to the Sept. 13 gallery opening at the Old Art Building are $35 per person and available online.

Works will be on display, available for purchase and open to receive votes for three days following the opening.

Winners will be announced after closing on the last day in three categories: adult, group and youth (18 and under). Prizes will be awarded for each of the categories.

Can’t wait until September?

Between now and Sept. 13, anyone can vote for their favorite piece online at leelanauchristianneighbors.org. Votes are $1 each and there is no limit.

Samaritan’s Closet was the first business to enter the contest and create a work of art.

Group members had already received 210 votes at press time — but they’re looking for some competition.

“It all goes for good,” Carrico said. “That’s the goal here.”

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