Sunday, February 24, 2008


Promise Place, the council on domestic violence that serves Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties invites the community to join them for a live and silent art auction to be held at the Tyrone Depot located at 847 Senoia Road, Tyrone, on Saturday, March 15th, 2008.

The preview begins at 6:30pm and the live auction starts at 7:30pm. Admission is a donation of $15 per person or $25 per couple which includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and hourly door prizes. Art provided by ARTcetra will include lithographs, oil and watercolor paintings, celebrity and sports collectibles.

This year, art work donated by local artist Tracy Hartley will be a part of the collections up for bid. Tracy moved to Atlanta in the 1980's and began creating. Initially, his artistic creations were mainly focused on music and videos. Later, wanting to turn his creative passion into a full time business, he moved on to building furniture from salvaged and recycled materials. Over the years he has built a reputation and a big following for the uniqueness of his pieces.

Recently, Tracy was inspired to dig even deeper into his artistic well. "Two years ago, I began perfecting my "recipe" for my art. I work in a very mixed medium", said Tracy. He now paints on canvas using "... a "loose style" mixing collage, spray paint, sharpies, glazes and stencils. Once a piece is almost finished, it is then distressed with fire and sandpaper", he stated.

Roosters are often found among Tracy's collections and will be a part of the artwork up for bid at the Promise Place fundraiser.

Promise Place Art Auction Committee member Amy Leuenberger is thrilled to have Tracy's artwork as part of the selection of beautiful and unique pieces up for bid. "I fell in love with Tracy's creative style and was thrilled when he offered to donate some of his art to our event, she said. "Knowing that Tracy has a heart for victims of domestic violence, makes his artwork all the more meaningful. We appreciate Tracy and all the other generous friends of Promise Place such as "Rip" Ripplinger of Tomberlin Golf Cart Company in Peachtree City who has donated a golf cart that will be up for bid, and Chip Young who has offered to let us use his Tyrone Depot for the second year in a row."

"Volunteers have been working hard to make this year's auction as exciting and as successful as last year's. We hope the community will come to support Promise Place and the work they do for those in crisis situations," stated Amy.

The auction will also include a 7 day stay at a Fabulous Tuscan villa! RSVP's are appreciated by March 7th at 404-702-4490.

Promise Place serves over 1,200 women and children each year. Proceeds from the art auction will benefit the many programs for domestic violence victims and their children, as well as help to offset going operating expenses for the emergency shelter. To volunteer, make a donation or for more information on Promise Place call 770-460-1604.
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