When Laurie Livingston took over as executive director of Tuolumne County Arts recently she said she wanted to bring collaboration to the effort to highlight arts in the community.

2nd Saturday Art Night this weekend is one example of her first innovations..

Livingston and Casey Haley, who volunteers for Watch Resources, came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt.  

Livingston said Watch Resources’ Good Stuff Thrift Store receives donations of artwork often, and Haley, who is an artist, researches the artists online. 

They decided to barcode thrift store art for 2nd Saturday patrons to allow them to find information about the artists and what a piece might be worth. One of a cat, for example, tells about the artist who is famous for painting cats.

“Some of them we haven’t been able to find anything about but there are tantalizing clues about what something might be worth,” Livingston said. 

Laurie Lehman, who serves on the Tuolumne County Arts board, said “There are fun, different pieces in there. For an art experience, it’s fun.”

And the experience might be more than that,” she said. 

“You just might be able to purchase a masterpiece at a bargain price!” she said.

Sounds implausible, right? But don’t tell that to Wendy Hawkins, who went to the Hotline Pink Thrift Shop in Kitty Hawk, N.C., and found  a 1950s woodcut print by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. She spent less than $50 on it.

It was authenticated by a nearby art dealer and sold for $1,200, which was donated to a shelter for runaway teens and domestic violence victims. 

In the case of 2nd Saturday Art Night, proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go to Watch Resources, which works with people with intellectual disabilities.  The artwork will be on display at the Tuolumne County Arts office in the Sonora Inn on Washington Street.

Also planned for the event on Saturday is a place for children to make wreaths, flower crowns, shields, family crests and crowns. That will be held in the Makers Space, also in the Sonora Inn, and staffed with  two Maker’s Lab volunteers.

It’s intended to celebrate “spring Renaissance.”

Aloft Art Gallery will feature work by Renetta Hayes and Alexis Halstead, who will be there.

Studio B will be open as well.

Here’s a list of musicians who will perform:

Sean Brennan at Downtown Shoes.

Grover Anderson at Legends.

DMV at Fittin’ Pretty Bras and Boutique.

Vince Pryschuck at Wildbud.

The Lost Dog Band at TradeWinds.

Blue Oak at Serventes.

2nd Saturday Art night begins at 5 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sonora Chamber of Commerce, local government, businesses, galleries and the performance arts.

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