Ceramic artist donates amphora to art auction

Larry Ortiz pays tribute to former teacher
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Larry Luis Ortiz, an art teacher at Sierra College for 12 years, first met Cathie Hunter when she took a class from him. The beloved Colfax High School instructor, who died last October, wanted to establish a Ceramic Arts Department at the high school. As an art teacher herself, Hunter went in search of more knowledge. She sought out Ortiz, who has also been the ceramic artist-in-residence at Placer Arts in downtown Auburn. Ortiz remembers Hunter’s incredible zest for life, high energy and eagerness to learn. “Cathie was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006 and started cramming in all the life she could – traveling and learning,” Ortiz recalled, adding their roles quickly reversed as he learned from her. Their friendship grew and Cathie – ever the matchmaker – introduced him to her friend, Stephanie Guevara. Ortiz and Guevara were married shortly afterwards. “I am grateful for Cathie’s friendship and her gifts to others,” Ortiz said. In honor of their friendship, Ortiz has donated a ceramic amphora to be auctioned during Thursday evening's Wine and Chocolate Gala hosted by Soroptimist International of Colfax. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Roy Toms Plaza. Tickets, at $20 per person, can be purchased at Marson's or from members of Soroptimist International of Colfax. Other items being donated: ? Fine photography – Linda Wilbourn, Alan Shuttleworth, Jay Shuttleworth, Felicia Story-Chapin ? Watercolor – Trudy Hayden ? Glass – Thad Little ? Oil painting – Mary Walker ? Digital art – Kevin Quinn ? Ceramics – Emily Matekel, Connie Marson, Colfax High School students ? Pastel – Bea Huber ? Jewelry – Connie Marson, Dori Barrett, Rebecca Martinez ? Prints -- Rebecca Nagy, Sandra DeLong, Steve Coverston ? Art chair – Gloria Woodward ? Woodwork – Maureen Cekic ? Quilt – Kim Woodward