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Donating art for Obama

Seth Lightcap
Sierra Sun

In light of nationwide shortages of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama campaign materials like yard signs and buttons, a group of local artists and Obama campaign leaders decided to take matters into their own hands.

“I went to the Obama campaign headquarters in Reno and they had virtually nothing ” only men’s medium T-shirts,” said Truckee artist Brooke Bishop. “So I figured, let’s get a group together and use our own creativity to show our support.”

From signs, to T-shirts, neck ties, and shopping bags, Bishop’s idea became a reality as a local group of Obama supporters led by Bishop and campaign volunteer Eve Werner used metal signs and other materials donated by local Realtors and business owners to create more than 50 pieces of unique and unusual Obama campaign advertising over the last few weeks.

Hoping to allow friends and neighbors to get political with style and at affordable prices, the group auctioned off all the campaign materials, as well as gift certificates from local supporting businesses, during a no-minumum bid silent auction held before a potluck debate watch party at the Sierra Village Apartments Clubhouse in Truckee Tuesday.

Over 70 people attended the event raising $1,290 in the silent auction. All of the proceeds were donated to the Obama for America campaign.

“We were so touched by all the people that attended the event,” said Bishop. “It was a truly heartwarming grassroots event.”