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Alpine Theatre readies silent auction

The WV Artisan Market in Ripley is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the Alpine Theatre. (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — With the help of Main Street Ripley and a new local business, WV Artisan Market, the Alpine Theatre is holding a silent art auction to raise funds for maintenance and programming.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits struggle to hold fundraisers and maintain their funding, according to Marsha Humphrey, board president for Main Street Ripley.

Because of this, Shari Levitt, owner of WV Artisan Market, offered to host the silent auction.

Art created by pioneers for Main Street Ripley volunteers were donated for the auction by Main Street Ripley.

The late George Burris Johnson donated a painting after he dedicated many years of service to the organization.

Johnson and his wife “were very involved with the design committee and when he passed, he donated this picture to us. It’s a large painting with a man sitting in the lake and fishing,” Humphrey said.

Jim Tyler is another Main Street pioneer whose art is available for auction. After Tyler’s passing, Humphrey said his wife donated a couple of his photographs to the organization.

“He served a lot of roles in Main Street. He was very creative, he became our official photographer,” Humphrey said. “Jim was always available to help us with everything we had. He just had that eye; he took pictures at our events.”

Earlier this summer, Main Street Ripley moved its office into the Alpine Theater and they are hoping to raise funds for maintenance and possibly new programming.

“Any historic building needs constant maintenance. We have always tried to keep the Alpine in tip top shape,” Humphrey said. “(We’re) going to try to get the theatre opening and (we’re) looking at some virtual performances and try to think outside the box and do things differently.”

The auction will last through the middle of the month and the artwork will be on display at WV Artisans at 119 W Main St., Ripley.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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