Community Uses Artistic Expression to Help Children in Need

Excelsior, Minnesota (PressExposure) May 02, 2009 -- “Awakening, it’s time to open your eyes”. This much anticipated one day art show and silent auction benefiting Free Arts Minnesota, is happening on June 20th 2009 at the Bird House Inn and Gardens at 371 Water Street in Excelsior from 1:00pm-6:00pm.

Featuring original art by popular Minnesota artist Ashley Dull, known for her harmonious marriage of light and landscape. Also featuring celebrated Seattle artist Mark Nickels, whose use of color and meaning captivates the viewer of his work.

Both artists are teaming up with “Excelsior Girl’s Night Out” to present an unprecedented art show and silent auction open to the public, to benefit Free Arts Minnesota. Free Arts is a non-profit organization that helps children who have been abused or neglected through the power of artistic expression.

“Seeing local businesses come together with this caliber of artists to help Minnesota children is inspiring”, says silent auction co-coordinator Will Riley.

Local merchants in Excelsior sponsor summer long events for “Excelsior Girl’s Night Out” each Thursday June through August from 5:00pm-9:00pm. June is being dedicated to support Free Arts Minnesota. As part of this community wide effort to support Minnesota children, the “Awakening” art show and silent auction is being held.

In addition to the one of a kind, breath taking original art available for sale, a variety of silent auction items ranging from boat cruises and gift baskets to professional spray tanning is being offered to benefit Free Arts. The silent auction will go from 1:00pm till 3:00pm. Artwork created by the children of Free Arts will also be available for purchase.

You won’t want to miss the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00pm with Excelsior Mayor Nick Ruehl. The “Community Canvas” sponsored by Artworks Art and Frame will be up, where you can sign or paint something to express yourself artistically. This canvas will then be presented to the staff and children of Free Arts Minnesota.

“Never before has our community come together like this for a common cause. The children that benefit from the services of Free Arts are our future, and they need our help”, commented Excelsior Girl’s Night Out Chairwoman Connie Frederick.

Art show organizer Natalie Hagemo is looking for volunteers to build easels that will be used during the show and then be donated to Free Arts for use by the children.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who is handy with woodwork to put their talents to use and for a good cause. We will take as many easels as we can get, the children of Free Arts have many uses for them”. Says Natalie Hagemo event organizer.

For more information on the upcoming “Awakening, it’s time to open your eyes” art show and silent auction go to [] If you are interested in building easels or making a donation to the silent auction contact event organizer Natalie Hagemo at

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Press Release Submitted On: May 02, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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