Art pieces found at last year’s event. (KEIZERTIMES/File Photos)

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ
Of the Keizertimes

The third piece for the City of Keizer’s permanent art collection will be revealed at “Hearts and Arts,”  the 2012 Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala to be held at the Keizer Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Keizer Art Association, the Keizer Chamber Foundation and the City of Keizer will present the event.  The Art Association will hold its Winter Art Sale the same weekend on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Art Association’s Winter Art Sale starts Friday and runs from noon – 8 p.m.  It will continue on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. A variety of art in various mediums from local and regional artists will be available for sale to the public.  Prices are expected to range between $20 and $500.

Doors for the Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala will open 5 p.m., with the event running until 9 p.m.  The gala, open to the public, will feature the unveiling of a new addition to Keizer’s permanent art collection.  The winning piece will be hung with other entries in the civic center and displayed through January 2013.  Mayor Lore Christopher will unveil the winner at 7 p.m.

Last year’s selection was Party Girls by Colleen Goodwin Chronister. It and the
other entries from 2011 will hang in the Keizer Civic Center until the first week of February.

The Gala will include a silent and a live auction; silent auction bids will start at 5 p.m. The live auction will start at 7:30 p.m.

Reserved tables for the live auction are available at $300 each. LeRoy Hedberg will be the auctioneer. Silver admission tickets are $20 and are available at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s new office in Keizer Station and the Keizertimes .at 142 Chemawa Rd. N. Silver ticket holders will receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer.

Attendees will enjoy assorted canapes as well as a no-host bar. Live music will be provided by guitarist Mark Seymour.

Proceeds of the art gala will go to the Keizer Public Art program which installs art along River Road. Other beneficiaries are the Keizer Chamber Foundation and the Keizer Art Association.