Lian Tsimpides of the Columbus Arts Council hangs a wreath decorated by Leslie Hutchins at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus. It is one of 20 offered in a silent auction Dec. 1-4. Winners will be announced Friday during Wassail Fest. The wreath on the left was decorated by The Purple Elephant. Photo by: Luisa Porter
November 28, 2009 9:23:00 PM
With glittering baubles, bows -- and even a doggie bone or two -- a four-day silent auction Dec. 1-4 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center should make it a snap to deck the halls this Christmas season. Twenty decorated wreaths will go to the highest bidder, and lend support to two good causes at the same time.
The Columbus Arts Council and Link''d Young Professionals have joined together with local designers, businesses and organizations in this fund-raiser to benefit the diverse, year-round programs of the non-profit arts council, as well as the Young Professionals'' Clean Sweep 2010 campaign.
"Wreaths will be up for auction Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 4, at the RAC at 501 Main Street in downtown Columbus," said Rachel Hurt, Arts Council executive director. Bidders and browsers can also cast their vote for a community favorite, Hurt added.
Wreaths ranging from elegant to whimsical have been generously decorated by Bella, Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center, Gifts, Etc., Leslie Hutchins, Lighting Unlimited, Ivy Cottage Florist, Karen Jamison, Joy''s Gifts and Flowers, Main Street Columbus, Noweta''s Flower Shop, Ralph Null, Party and Paper, The Purple Elephant, Saum Chiropractic Clinic, Smith Landscaping, Studio 206 and Westmoreland Dermatology Clinic.
Several gift cards to various businesses will also be in the silent auction, Hurt noted.
Bidding begins when the Arts Center opens at 9 a.m. Monday and ends Friday at about 7:30 p.m., during Wassail Fest.
"Highest bidders and the community favorite will be announced Friday at 7:45 p.m.," said Hurt.
Free pictures with Santa and Ms. Claus can also be taken at the Arts Center Friday evening.
For more information, contact the CAC at 662-328-2787.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.
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