Wine, chocolate, art served up by Soroptimists

Art auction to benefit scholarship
By: Gloria Beverage, Colfax Record Editor
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Local artists have donated more than 50 items for the silent auction being held during Friday evening’s annual wine tasting with chocolate and appetizers. The evening will start at 6 p.m. Friday in Roy Toms Plaza. Ticket holders will be able to sample wines and ciders presented by Placer and Nevada County winemakers. Throughout the evening, guests will also have an opportunity to bid on donated artwork. Guests can also purchase tickets to win a 7-foot metal sculpture created by Weimar artist Kelly Quinn. The sculpture was crafted with propane tanks and old canal pipes. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 Cost to attend Friday’s event is $20 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased from members of Soroptimist International of Colfax, at the Colfax Record, 233 So. Auburn St. or at Marson’s Men’s Store, 25 S. Main St. According to art auction chairwoman Linda Wilbourn, the artists donating items to Friday’s fundraiser are: -Photography – Retired Colfax High School photography instructor Rick Brown, Sierra College Photography instructor Rebecca Gregg, Colfax resident Alan Shuttleworth, former Colfax resident now residing in New York Jay Shuttleworth and Susan Trepanier of Eureka. -Digital image — Kevin Quinnn -Art lessons – Four art classes at Dawn’s Hallmark offered by Diane Clark -Purse – Created by Rita Ritchey from recycled materials -Oil painting of sunset at Ft. Bragg – Bea Huber -Pottery – Connie Marson of Colfax and Colfax High School art students -Mixed media – Carissa Marson -Jewelry – Dori Barrett of Colfax -Archival print on canvas – Jan Hedman of Grass Valley -Animal portrait – Kathryn Wronski of Grass Valley -Giclee print – Sandra DeLong -Watercolor landscapes – Trudi Hayden -Set of notecards with landscape photos – Phyllis Dustan of Colfax -Acrylic painting –Diane Clark Proceeds from the silent auction will go toward a scholarship fund being given to a Colfax High School student. The first award will be presented this year in memory of Cathie Hunter, a business and art teacher at Colfax High School as well as a longtime member of Soroptimist. Proceeds from the evening will be used for community service projects supported by the club. Vendors participating are: -Baumbach Wines, in the historic Bernhard Winery, 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. Annual production of 300 to 500 cases means exclusive new blends and unique varietals. -Casque Wines, headquartered in Loomis, produces small lots of handcrafted Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines. There is no tasting room. Sales are online only. -Cristaldi Vineyards, 4060 Ridge Drive in Loomis, offers 2006 releases of Syrah, Dolcetto, Fruitshed Red and 2008 Albarino. -Duarte Family Vineyards in Loomis sells 2005 Barbera online. -Fox Barrel Ciders, 1313 So. Auburn St. in Colfax, offers 100 percent natural ciders that are gluten free with no artificial colors or flavors. -Lone Buffalo Vineyards, 2682 Burgard Lane in Auburn, emphasizes food-friendly, Rhone-style wines like Where the Buffalo Roam red blend, a classic Foothill Zin (the Thunderbeast), Bison Blanc Viognier and Buffalo Rose Sangiovese Rose. -Solune Winery, 16303 Jewett Lane on Highway 174 in Grass Valley, features a collection of reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot and whites and roses (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc).