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Minnesota artists do their part for relief efforts in Haiti

Next week, the Alliance Francaise in downtown Minneapolis is hosting the “Art Sale for Haiti: Un Object d’Heart” to raise money for relief efforts in the struggling Caribbean nation by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the Ameri

Next week, the Alliance Francaise in downtown Minneapolis is hosting the “Art Sale for Haiti: Un Object d’Heart” to raise money for relief efforts in the struggling Caribbean nation by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the American Red Cross.

Thus far, more than a dozen Minnesota artists, working in a variety of disciplines, have contributed works for the cause, and the organization is hoping still more artists will respond with donated works. (Artists may donate their work for the sale through Feb. 5.) All proceeds from the art sale will go directly to Doctors without Borders and the American Red Cross; any unsold work will be donated to a local nonprofit.

A partial list of participating artists includes writers Sophie Toner and Jaqueline Regis; potters Pat Cook, Kathy Parker, Brad Benn and Mark Lusardi; porcelain artists Mary Ellen Haggerty and Lucy Thomas; photographers Valerie Jardin and Darcy Koshiol. Local artists interested in making contributions of their own may contact the benefit’s organizer, Mike Breckenridge.

The benefit art sale will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Alliance Francaise Grand Salle, in downtown Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.