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Tubular auction to be held Saturday in Washington

Jul 27, 2017
Photo by: GTNS Some of the artwork made from water softening tubes that will be auctioned off as part of the Totally Tubular auction are on display in front of Cafe Dodici, including a “waiter.”

By David Hotle, Golden Triangle News Service

 

WASHINGTON — For the third year, local artists have had the chance to decorate a used water softening tube into a work of art to be displayed around the square. On Saturday, people will have the chance to take one of the artful tubes home with them.

The third annual Totally Tubular auction kicks off at noon Saturday in Central Park. Debbie Farrow of the LET’s Center for the Healing and Creative Arts, which is sponsoring the event, said that 32 tubes will be on the auction block and will represent many of the area’s top artistic talent. Half of the proceeds of the event will benefit PAWS & More.

“This year the talent has been amazing,” Farrow said. “People need to come out and see just how creative the people of this community are. Every year it just blows my mind because we hear people say they are not creative, then when they bring back their work it is just amazing.”

Farrow explained the practice of painting water softening tubes began as a result of LET’s co-founder Lorraine Williams’ father having a water business. She said Williams had a barn full of the tubes and, because the fiberglass the tubes is made of isn’t biodegradable, didn’t want to dispose of them in a landfill. The members of the LET’s Center decided to use the tubes as a reuse, renew, recycle project and a fundraiser. Artists buy the tubes and make them into a work of art, which is displayed around the square during the Washington Chamber of Commerce’s Gallery Walk.

This year the theme for the tubes is animals, because part of the fundraising is for PAWS & More, which needs new heating and air conditioning. Farrow said in addition to the tubes, the auction will include animal toys and baked goods.

“I know which tube I want to bid on,” Farrow said. “We have some amazing ones. We have some amazing American Eagles which have gotten people’s attention. There is a deer, which I know is going to appeal to people who hunt or just love deer. We have so many unique ones.”

Pictures of the tubes that will be auctioned off can be found on the LET’s Center Facebook page.

Farrow said that she has several tubes she has purchased at previous auctions decorating the garden at her home. She said they make her smile every day when the thinks about the talent that went into making them.

“It is just refreshing to see how many creative people we have in this area,” she said.

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