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TAG show, sale to benefit hospital home, Altru foundation

Theresa Garbe, CEO of Sunshine Memorial Foundation, and Donovan Larson, architectural manager for the Sunshine Hospitality House near Altru Hospital, visit the project site. The Sunshine Memorial Foundation is one of numerous non-profit organizations participating in Giving Hearts Day on Thursday. (Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

About 500 original artworks will be available for sale at The Art of Giving, or TAG, benefit from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Sunshine Hospitality Home, 933 Duke Drive.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of art will benefit the home and the Altru Health Foundation, said Theresa Garbe, CEO of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation.  

Some of the funds will be used to pay for furnishings of the facility located west of Altru Hospital and north of Sertoma Park.

This is the eighth TAG event, an art exhibition and sale which is held to benefit worthy local charities or philanthropic organizations.

Art will be displayed throughout the Sunshine Hospitality Home’s first and second floors, said Sally Miskavige, an organizer who started the TAG events in 2012.  

At today’s event, about 80 regional artists will display works of art that include oil and acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings, photography, sculpture and wood pieces, said Miskavige.

Some artists have donated 100 percent of the sale price of their art to the home, she said.

Volunteers will be on hand to help buyers choose art pieces, she said.

Art may be purchased with cash, credit card or check.   

For permanent display in the home, Bemidji artist Patricia Shough has donated an acrylic painting, “Sunflower,” and Sheena Larson, a relative of the family that launched the home, has donated a picture of the sun.     

The Sunshine Hospitality Home “is pretty well completed,” except for minor touch-ups and a few other final tasks, Garbe said.

Furniture will be installed after the TAG event, she said.

Some buyers at the TAG event may want to purchase a piece of art and donate it to the home, she said.