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Local Artisans Donate Work to Support Merced Symphony

Art prepared for sale by auction graced the stage of the MAC (Multicultural Art Center) last Thursday, May 2 at the “21 Guitars” benefit auction. Monies raised were donated to support the Merced Symphony Association, which brings a four concert season, education programs and a children’s concert series to this community. They will be opening their 62nd Season this summer.

Local artists, musicians and crafters donated their work. Artists and patrons mingled while enjoying wine and light hors d’houevers and admiring the pieces to be sold.

David Medley and his wife Karen LeCocq, both talented artists, helped to organize the event. “I make many types of art from pieces of items I find. It’s called ‘ensemblage’,” Medley said. “There are wonderful pieces of wood, metal and other items lying all around.”

Works of art in a “guitar” theme from Robert Laughton, Christopher Viney, David Medley, Karen LeCocq, Cheryl Lockett, Kimberly Zamora, Eulalia Gamez, Ralph Stevenson, Lisa Gilliland-Viney, Ken Peake, Paul Longo, Dwight Wiggley, Ruben Sanchez, Tonya Lopez-Craig, Oscar Torres, Frank Ayala, Sue Thompson, Jamey Brzezinski and Kate Jackson.

In addition, there was jewelry made by Cheryl Barnett and musical performances donated by local musicians Robert Paul and John Albano.

For more information about the Merced Symphony Association, to purchase season tickets, or to support their programs, visit MercedSymphony.org or call (209) 383-3277.

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