Painted Garden draws crowd

Published 11:49 pm Monday, May 2, 2005

By Staff
NILES - More than 100 people attended the second annual Niles Art Association and Downtown Development Authority-Main Street auction fundraiser Sunday evening.
The event took place at the Riverfront Cafe, downtown Niles and featured both a live and silent auction, as well as hors d'oeuvres and a meal.
Auctioneers Bill and Karla Cramer and Rick and Kim Blake, donated their services for the evening.
Funds from the auction go directly to the Niles Art Association and the Downtown Development Authority-Main Street. The event raised around $4,700.
Patty Eycleshymer and Martha Branson Banks welcomed the crowd and encouraged them to bid on the items.
The auction featured items donated by local artists and businesses. Some of the items included a vibrantly painted garden gate by Niles High School student Kristen Lamarre, Patty Bunner Pitcher donated two high fired ceramic vases, and Niles resident Harry Trescher donated many photographs.
A chest painted by Sandy William with all the seasons of the year received the highest bid of the evening going for $390. And the groups from Coldwell Banker and Lakeland Hospital were close in purchasing the most items.