Habitat’s ‘Home Is Where the Art Is’ Saturday at Art in the Loft

Courtesy Photo This oil painting by Vicki Wawrzyniak (1997) is one of about 80 pieces to be auctioned off Saturday at Art in the Loft.

For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan is providing an opportunity for attendees to make a difference in the lives of local families by purchasing beautiful artwork for your own home.

On Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Art in the Loft, enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres by JJ’s Catering, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, gift baskets and more at the 2nd Annual “Home Is Where the Art Is.”

“Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan will be auctioning off works of art and handcrafted items by local artists to make sure every one has a decent place to call home,” a press release states.

Get tickets at the Habitat ReStore, 400 W. Chisholm St., and Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door.

This year’s event has more artwork and handcrafted items than last year.

“We have gathered twice as many art and antique art items that are being auctioned off,” said Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan Executive Director Ted Fines. “It’s guaranteed to be an exciting evening.”

He said many artists and community members have donated their pieces to be included in the auction.

“The response has been tremendous,” Fines said, adding that about 80 pieces have been collected to be auctioned off. “It’s each and every genre of art that you can think of. … There are some really nice pieces from very well-known artists in the Alpena area. It’s very eclectic.”

He said half the attendance to last year’s event was from walk-ins.

“Last year we grossed $15,000 and netted about $11,000,” Fines said. “That’s our goal again, but we’d like to increase it if possible. If we can do $10,000, I’ll be happy.”

He said the night is sure to be fun for everyone.

“I hope we get a good response,” Fines added.

Call Fines at 989-354-5555, ext. 1003.


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