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Date of Issue: February 22, 2007

Calling all artists, art lovers: Note March 23

The Islander newspaper is looking for a few good artists. There are only two criteria for the job at hand: They must be gifted and generous.

Based on the success of previous years' events, many artists have already offered to participate in the fourth annual "For Art's Sake," a silent auction/benefit to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, on the sidewalk at the newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center.

Proceeds will again benefit the Manatee High School art program, which will be much appreciated by Islander/teacher/artist Rob Reiber. Last year's event provided more than $4,000, which Reiber said went toward the purchase of an art printing press.

The public is encouraged to attend the outdoor auction and reception, hosted by its sponsor The Islander.

Past year's roster of artists have included Island and Cortez noteables Woody Candish, Rhea Chiles, Sue Curry, Joe Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Carrie Price, Rob Reiber, Andre Renard, Richard Thomas, and Joan and Carl Voyles and many more.

Reiber's students will also be contributing select art work for auction and displaying their future "promise" in the arts, as well as assisting with the event.

Donated works range from sculpture to original oil paintings to watercolors, prints, custom jewelry and photography.

To donate artwork for auction, or for more information on the event, call The Islander's event coordinator Carrie Price at 747-9397 or The Islander at 778-7978.

Come celebrate for art's sake - it's all for the kids.