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Leata Judd original sculpture goes to auction

    A Leata Judd sculpture commemorating the World Trade Center and the attacks of September 11 will be sold at a silent auction this Friday March 15th at the Artworks Gallery in downtown Sandpoint. The auction is a benefit for the Idaho Human Rights Task Force.

    Leata Judd is known for her terra cotta clay sculptures. Much of her work includes faces that show a wide range of emotion. Judd, who has lived near Bayview since 1981, has been working in clay for over 30 years. She has had shows in Idaho, Washington and California and there are Leata Judd pieces of art in homes and businesses through out the country.

    This artist is not only dedicated to her own work but also to the teaching of others. She works as a volunteer art teacher at Southside Elementary School where she teaches drawing, paint and clay - she is known as the Clay Lady by the students.

    The attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th affected her deeply. She spent most of the next three days watching the event on television. Finally she needed to personally process all that had happened. As one might expect. her studio was where she went to deal with 9-11 in the way she knows best. She built a tribute to the event with her beloved clay.

     At first Leata had no intention of selling or even showing the work. In fact her plan was to destroy the work after it was done. But when a friend wanted to see it she took it to Coeur d' Alene where she had some work on display. When another good friend, Rose Kirkbright, saw it she encouraged Leata not to destroy it but to show it. So the next stop for the sculpture was Art Works, the art cooperative on First Street in Sandpoint where she has many of her works on display. It was placed on exhibit without a price.

    She finally decided the towers memorial piece she had created needed to be dedicated to world peace. An auction to benefit the Task Force was just what was needed. The sculpture is still on display at Art Works until Friday the 15th and bids can be entered there.

    Refreshments will be served at 4PM and the auction will be at 5PM. For more information call Artworks at 208-263-2642. Stop by, and help give peace a chance.

 

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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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