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'Harvest of Arts' fundraiser to boost window project


A fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday is aimed at finishing window displays featuring local art at Howsers Supermarket and updating the website of the group behind the displays.

The Alaska Arts Confluence will hold its first “Chilkat Valley Harvest of the Arts” event 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chilkat Center lobby, featuring Heather Lende reading from her latest book, “Finding the Good” and Burl Sheldon performing on a guitar hand-made by Rob Goldberg.

“The idea is to give people a taste of local art,” said Deb Marshall, the group’s vice-president.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and wine and hors’doeuvres will be served. There will be a silent auction of donated items, including artworks and locally produced foods.

“Windows on Main Street” will be completed with money from the event, and the arts confluence website, which currently features only a few artists, will be expanded, Marshall said. The window displays may extend to other storefronts in the future, as 20 other candidate windows have been identified, Marshall said.

The Haines-based arts group was formed about eight years ago to promote participation in the arts by providing arts education and cultural enrichment opportunities. The group’s role also is to promote the valley’s talent, Marshall said. More than 100 artists live in the valley, which was the historic home of some of the world’s premiere indigenous artists, she said.

The group’s dream of transforming the decrepit Fort Seward barracks building into a summer art school “is still floating out there,” Marshall said. Board members include Marshall, Lende, Macky Cassidy, Carol Tuynman, Dan Henry, Robin Grace and Judy Erekson.