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Synagogue in The Woodlands plans to feeds the hungry with help from art auction

February 13, 2019

Early next month, community members in The Woodlands will have the chance to view works by renowned artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro — not at a museum, though. At an art auction.

Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands, one of two synagogues in the area, is bringing back their art auction fundraiser, this time to feed the hungry in the community. Vickie Strong is the auction’s chairperson.

“We had several art auctions a while ago…but I thought we should do it again. We have a lot of new families and the growth in The Woodlands is phenomenal,” Strong said.

Each year, the congregation adopts an initiative to focus their activities on, tying in the theme at events for both children and adults. Since their focus is fighting hunger this year, a portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Montgomery County Food Bank. Their hope is to raise at least $50,000.

In addition to the artwork by Dali, Picasso and Miro, there are to be auction pieces by artists such as Marc Chagall, Leroy Neiman, David Schluss and Peter Max. Jewelry and travel packages — to places like Italy or Lake Tahoe — are also available to bid on.

The synagogue is bringing in auctioneer and entertainer Janice Hamilton to run the show.

“We look for pieces that have some value to them, and of course people look for specific pieces that’ll look good with the decor of their homes,” Strong said.

Terri Larson, the communications chair for the event, said that many people will look for unique pieces by Jewish artists.

The auction is taking place March 2 at the synagogue along Shadowbend place. Preview of the auction items is to begin at 6 p.m. and the bidding will start at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $35 per person and include complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres, can be purchased here.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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