Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 24, 2005

LP artist paints for a cause

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

A table by any other name is still a table, but Lester Prairie artist Jane Otto has put her own unique spin on her table to help raise awareness and funds for visual and music arts.

Otto is one of 30 local artists volunteering their time and talents to help the Crow River Arts and Crow River Area Youth Orchestra bring to the area its first-ever Chair-a-Table art auction.

Otto has been a member of the Crow River Arts for about a year.

“I used to study the fine arts a long time ago and I used to paint a lot,” Otto said. “This gave me a deadline and something to work toward.”

The auction will take place in the Hutchinson Mall Thursday, Oct. 27. The pieces will be unveiled at 5 p.m. and the auction will be conducted from 7 to 8 p.m.

Benches, tables, chairs, and kids’ furniture are just a few of the brightly colored, one-of-a-kind art work pieces that will be showcased.

Otto is contributing a foyer table, which is a long table, about one foot wide. Her table is made of dark wood decorated with hand-painted fruit.

“I tried to go with a Victorian look,” Otto said.

But Otto is not the only one to work on the project. Her husband, Chris, supplied her canvas.

“My husband, he’s a wood guy. He made the table and I painted it,” Otto said.

Otto’s table is currently on display at Caspers Chiropractic Clinic in Hutchinson. The rest of the pieces to be included in the show are also on display in various Hutchinson businesses.

The pieces will then be transported to the Hutchinson Mall, where they will await unveiling Thursday night.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go towards funding visual and music arts throughout the area.

“(The Crow River Arts) is trying to draw more and more members from the whole Crow River area,” Otto said.

Even though Otto joined the organization only a year ago, her love of art began long before.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in art,” Otto said.

Even her children’s rooms are a testamony to her passion. Each room is specially hand-painted, including quotes, which are a favorite of Otto’s.

She used to sell her paintings, but has gotten away from it lately. The Crow River Arts has helped her not only support the arts, but also given her extra motivation to pick up her paintbrush again.

For more information on the Crow River Arts or the Chair-a-Table auction, visit www.crowriverarts.org, or call the office (320) 587-0899.

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