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Bunkhouse Art Gallery show and sale benefits Phoenix Center

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

JOHNSON CITY — An ideal partnership was created because of the value of art.

The 23rd annual Bunkhouse Art Gallery art show and sale is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 21-22 and March 28-29 at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Drive in Cypress Mill.

Eight donated pieces will be auctioned off March 29 to benefit the Phoenix Center in Marble Falls.

The Phoenix Center is a nonprofit that provides high-quality affordable mental health care for children and families in need.

Dena Wenmohs, the owner and director of the Bunkhouse Gallery, said the partnership was because of Pat Wirtz, who helped make the Phoenix Center mission possible.

“A friend of mine was a big supporter,” Wenmohs said. “We wanted to honor her by choosing them.”

Phoenix Center Executive Director Sarah Rosen Garrett said she was surprised when Wenmohs reached out to her a year ago to tell her about the auction.

“It means everything, the individual supporters like Dena,” she said. “It was a wonderful surprise.”

Seventy percent of the center’s funding comes from individuals and private foundations, Garrett said.

Children who’ve experienced trauma use art to express their feelings using paint or clay, Garrett said, because they might not have the vocabulary to talk during therapy sessions.

“It’s really age-appropriate and develops a way for children to express their feelings,” she said. “It serves as their words and their language and does it in an intentional way.”

Garrett said 86 percent of the children who come to the Phoenix Center have experienced trauma.

The Bunkhouse Gallery exhibit will feature more than 400 pieces in various mediums created by 35 artists. Those pieces are paintings, pottery and jewelry. The event will offer hot dogs and wine tastings with live music provided by Tim and Angie Wooten. The exhibit typically draws 250 patrons.

“The crowd gets (the artists) excited,” Wenmohs said. “We don’t have any prints. Everything is original art.”

Wenmohs asks attendees not to bring their dogs because of the clay sculptures, which could get damaged.

Go to www.johnsoncity-texas.com for more information about the exhibit.

The Phoenix Center is currently accepting donations of art supplies. Contact Garrett at sarah@phoenixcentertexas.org for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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