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Arts in Bloom takes root on Mother’s Day at Marina
by Tribune Staff
May 07, 2008 | 1689 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy/Sparks Parks & Rec - Plates painted by celebrities such as Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer” (top), and Susana Hoffs, lead singer for the ‘80s group The Bangles (above), will be auctioned off at Sunday’s Arts in Bloom at the Sparks Marina. Proceeds from the auction will go toward breast cancer research.
Courtesy/Sparks Parks & Rec - Plates painted by celebrities such as Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer” (top), and Susana Hoffs, lead singer for the ‘80s group The Bangles (above), will be auctioned off at Sunday’s Arts in Bloom at the Sparks Marina. Proceeds from the auction will go toward breast cancer research.
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Courtesy/Mark Jordan - Grammy Award-winner David Pack will perform at Sunday’s Arts in Bloom at the Sparks Marina.
Courtesy/Mark Jordan - Grammy Award-winner David Pack will perform at Sunday’s Arts in Bloom at the Sparks Marina.
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A whirlwind of artistry will blow over the Sparks Marina on Sunday with the sixth annual Arts in Bloom Festival.

This free event will feature art ranging from photography to painting to jewelry to … dishes? As a fundraiser for breast cancer research, a cupboard full of celebrity-painted collector plates will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Among the artists who have decorated plates are singer Sarah McLachlan, actress Bette Midler, actor Tim Allen, “The Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan and many others. Some of the plates show some talent with a paint brush, while others look more like the celebrity’s kid did the work. In either case, the proceeds from the auction, which starts at 12 p.m., will go to a good cause.

The art on the plates is far less likely to impress a true art hound than the art displayed at the 50 or so booths that will be set up around the Marina, featuring both local and out-of-town artists.

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Vernon Scarbrough and comprised of 28 musicians ranging from seventh to twelfth grades, will perform at 10 a.m., followed by Reno-based R&B group Escalade. The musical highlight of the afternoon will be a performance by David Pack, former lead singer and guitarist for the group Ambrosia. Pack has won Grammys as a musician and as a producer for such performers as Wynonna, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Loggins. Pack and his band will play at 1 p.m.

Neda Iranpour and Tom Henkenius from KTVN Channel 2 and Bill Schulz from 96.5 FM will emcee the event, which starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. The event is free to the public. For more information, go to www.sparksrec.com.
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