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Artists show off creativity at ReInvention auction

February 25, 2019

Artists displayed their art made of repurposed materials at the Hospice of Havasu’s fifth annual ReInvention Show and Auction yesterday afternoon.

Held at the Nautical Resort’s convention center, ReInvention featured pieces such as painted rocks, a snowboard turned into hanging storage, wine bottles repurposed as twinkle light containers, a boat fashioned into a bar, soda cans painted and cut into the shape of leaves to make a wreath, hanging teacups as bird feeders, a chair fabricated into a dog bed, and much more.

Each of the art pieces were lovingly donated by artists, fabricators, seamstresses, and jewelry makers all looking to give back to a great cause.

Hospice of Havasu’s Kelly Parks and event sponsor Deb Porter have worked together to find artists willing to sacrifice their time and effort for their community. Porter said, “We find artists from all over. Most of them are from Havasu but there is a mixture of snow birds and permanent residents. This event is the best way to showcase how talented and creative our community is.”

Not only is it an entertaining art show, the money raised during the auction goes to the Hospice to take care of its patients and provide valuable programs. Giving back to the Hospice is the most important aspect of this event to Porter.

Years ago, Porter became familiar with the Hospice when her friend, Leslie Beltran was diagnosed with cancer. When Beltran passed in 2011, Porter wanted to create something to memorialize her friend and give back to the Hospice for the wonderful care they provided Beltran. As an avid artist and repurpose-er herself, Porter came up with Reinvention, a way to create something out of nothing or breathe new life into something seemingly useless.

People who purchased raffle tickets at the event were entered to win some amazing prizes such as a golf package for four, a movie basket with tickets to Havasu Movies, an IHOP gift certificate, and a pampered body gift basket.

The guests who won their auction or one of the raffle gifts weren’t the only ones to leave with a prize, two of the artists would take home an award for the night: People’s Choice and Best Reinvention. For the artists who didn’t take home an award, they may have left empty handed, but they also left with a sense of pride and accomplishment for giving back to their community.