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Auction not really for 'fine' art lovers

Local celebrities create for a good cause

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ALL ABOUT LYING AND FLYING AND BUYING... Some of Winnipeg's most famous -- and in some cases, even rich -- will be having their art auctioned off one week from today at Mayberry Fine Art.

When I say "their" art, I mean art they actually did themselves.

Yes, it's the second Art for the Heart auction in support of Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba.

And what do we have this year?

Well, there's one from Police Chief Jack Ewatski, Searching For a Clue, that should bring a smile.

"Ewatski's is fabulous," says Variety executive director Wayne Rogers.

The city's top cop has painted a big bloody fingerprint on the two feet by almost three feet canvas.

And there's more smart art where that one came from.

Khari and Justine Jones have put together a collage featuring photos of the Blue Bomber quarterback and clippings of his wife's Free Press column.

Opera singer Tracy Dahl has done a painting of her son on the beach, complete with a kite she had to create when the toddler did a little dabbling on her canvas.

My columnist colleague Morley Walker's contribution is a send-up of Voice of Fire, the abstract piece that former Tory MP Felix Holtmann ridiculed when the National Gallery paid millions for it back in the 1980s.

Morley's called it Oh, No, Scooped Again.

Mary Kelekis has painted flying hot dogs.

And then there's the lying-based theme of my personal favourite.

Tory MLA Jack Reimer has come up with a Jordan Van Sewell-inspired ceramic sculpture of an orator, in shirt and tie, whose most prominent feature is a Pinocchio-length nose.

Says Variety's Rogers, "I think it's called A Politician Speaks."

Oh, I hope so.

Among the other "artists" offering their contributions: CanWest Global's David Asper, MTS executive Cheryl Barker, Palliser Furniture's Art DeFehr, Premier Gary Doer, Friesen Printing's David Friesen, Landau Lincoln's Robert Friesen, David Graves of Centara Corp., Paul Holden of Cambrian Credit Union, Keystone Ford's Bob Kozminski, Leo Ledohowski of Canad Inns, Great-West Life's Ray McFeetors, Mayor Glen Murray, Opposition Leader Stuart Murray, former mayor Bill Norrie, Mary Richard from Circle of Thunderbird House, Sandy Riley of the Richardson Financial Group, the Norwood Hotel's Bob Sparrow, the city's chief administrative officer Annita Stenning, WOW Hospitality's Jackie Stephen and Style magazine's Rita van Leeuwen.

Jim Ingebrigtsen is the emcee, and Bill Knight will contribute his talents as auctioneer for the black-tie optional, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres gala that starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Tickets are $75 and available while they last by calling Variety at 982-1052 and asking for Jeanie.

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FROM THE E- MAIL BAG...

This arrived all the way from Hawaii, where former A-Channel newscaster Cindy Burgess has relocated.

"Aloha Gordon: Thanks for the mention in your column. I thought I should point out, though, that KHON is not affiliated with Craig Broadcasting in any way.

"It's owned by Emmis Communications -- an Indianapolis-based company with numerous holdings across the U.S. in television, radio and the publishing sector.

"I made initial contact with the station a year ago while down here on vacation. Then through a series of face-to-face meetings and telephone calls over a six- or seven-month period, convinced them that it would be worth their while to hire me.

"I've been working here as the executive producer of news for four months now. And am loving every minute of it!

"Hope all's well in the 'Peg.

"I can't say I'm going to miss those winters!"

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Dear Cindy,
Thanks for rubbing it in.
Wish you were here.

gordon.sinclair@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 16, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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