Small-art sale raises funds for Los Banos library

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 2, 2013 

Nearly 120 people packed into the Los Banos branch of the Merced County Library last week for music, food and art.

The Friends of the Los Banos Library held a small-art sale Oct. 24. A three-hour evening of art and appetizers, desserts and wine, live music and mingling was held to raise funds and remind people of the benefits of having a local library.

“This is mainly about raising community awareness and supporting our local artists,” said Patti Ryan, chairwoman of the event. “(And) if we make some money that’s great.”

Twenty-seven artists allowed their works to be sold at the event in a silent auction. The art included woven baskets, paintings, photographs, woodwork and other items.

Mary-Katherine Grissom said she liked the custom-made belt buckles that were auctioned at the event.

A percentage of each sale was donated to the Friends of the Library. Proceeds from the art and ticket sales will be used the to buy books, purchase magazine subscriptions and provide other materials and services for the library.

Mary Bardmess, who had about 50 small paintings at the fundraiser, said she supports the cause and believes the library’s appearance is improving.

“The library is looking really nice, it used to be really rundown,” Bardmess said. “The Friends of the Library and the library administration are doing a great job.”

Fidel Munoz said he believes the library could draw more people if it featured painting classes and live music on Fridays.

Vanessa Grijalva, whose paintings are on display as the library’s featured artist, said she had no idea how much money her work would bring, but she was happy to see people bidding on it.

Ryan declined to state how much money was raised by the event, but said she was pleased with the attendance.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209)826-3831 ext. 6563 or cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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