Check out Shrimp Boil & "Vet Dog" Silent Auction at Congregational Church Friday

For several months now, the First Congregational UCC along with American Legion Post 413 has been hosting and helping with fundraisers for the America’s Vet Dogs program. There has been a roving silent auction, featuring a number of items that relate to canines and other critters.  All for the purpose of providing a professionally trained guide or service dog for a wounded American soldier. During Fisherman’s Picnic, the church and the legion are wrapping up the silent auction and raffle. And they are inviting you to consider one of the most recently donated items, an original print by Nedetta Buchheit of Grand Marais.
The print is of an original piece titled “Cry, Cry, in the night for those US soldiers lost in the Iraq War” It is a beautiful, but heart-wrenching work on watercolor canvas with watercolor and acrylics. Buchheit, who has never shied away from difficult subjects, started Cry, Cry in 2004 when casualties began to mount in the Iraq War.
She explains, “The mournful cry of the loon rising up from the lake cries for all those lost.”
The loon is covered in stars—cutouts from rice paper, covering the crying bird’s back. Each star represents a fallen soldier. “In August 2010, the casualty count was 4,420,” said Buchheit sadly.
She is offering the original painting for sale. The price? One dollar per star. Buchheit knows that it is unlikely that anyone can pay that much for the painting, but she is hopeful because she plans to donate the money from the sale of the painting to an organization that helps returning veterans.
GicLee prints on heavy weight archival paper are also available for $200, the proceeds of which will also be donated to benefit veterans.
Buchheit recently decided to support the America’s Vet Dogs project by donating a print of “Cry, Cry” to the First Congregational Church for its silent auction. “I want to keep this ‘Pets for Vets’ program moving,” she explained. “I think it is just a wonderful thing for our wounded veterans.”
The print will be on display at the First Congregational Church now through the closing of the Silent Auction at the end of the traditional Fisherman’s Picnic Shrimp Boil on Friday, August 3 from 5 – 7 p.m.