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The Bitter Root Humane Association is having a "Previously Appreciated Art Sale" fundraiser with an art section by local artists on Saturday, June 8.

Bitter Root Humane Association Board Member Mary Gehl said the committee is “knee deep in artwork and ready to sell.”

“We will have a special ‘local artists gallery’ within the event and local artists have been donating pieces,” Gehl said. “Bless their hearts for donating, their beautiful creations will add so much to the event this year.”

Gehl said the local art pieces will have set prices.

“We have to be very careful of selling the piece for the artist’s price because every time someone sells something for less than what the worth is, it lowers their value to the artist,” Gehl said.

On Saturday, the upstairs hall of the Bedford Building will be filled with new and previously appreciated art in a variety of styles, media and subject matter for every taste and decorating need.

“The folks that have donated have outdone themselves this year, we have a lot of sizes, a lot of pieces and styles from elegant to Montana," Gehl said.

Local wildlife glass artist Kathleen Sheard, a regular donator to the BRHA and art sale, donated an 18-inch black Wildlife Rondelle with a red raven in the center. It is kiln-formed and hand blown glass mounted on a table stand.

Event coordinators Jen Chase and Robin Dewey said the Previously Appreciated Art Sale is a great fundraiser for a great cause.

“We do it every other year,” Chase said. “The jewelry sale is on alternate years.”

The BRHA was formed in 1972 and located on Adirondac Street in Hamilton. It has been on Fairground Road since 1985, is a member of the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Downtown Association.

The Bitter Root Humane Association is raising funds to build a 9,000 square foot shelter but all the proceeds from this sale will go towards the general operations of the shelter.

“Because we have to keep going,” Gehl said. “We’ll be open during the whole building process. We still have to make our $300,000 operating budget and raise the money for the new building. All these smaller fundraisers will go directly to operations right now.”

The BRHA mission is to “provide caring, compassionate shelter and enrichment for homeless companion animals, find loving lifelong homes, reunite pets and owners, promote population control and advocate for all animals.”

Gehl said the need is great and the BRHA takes care of all animals.

“Once they are born they all need homes whether they are a specific breed or from a breeder or from a shelter rescue – they all need homes,” she said. “Don't miss this opportunity to add to your home decor and support your local animal shelter at the same time. We have treasures for everyone.”

Attend the Bitter Root Humane Association’s Previously Appreciated Art Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 8, at the Bedford Building (next to Hamilton Farmers Market and Ravalli County Museum's Bitter Root Day), 223 S. 2nd St., in Hamilton.

For more information contact Mary at dogmommary@aol.com or 406-642-3785.

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