Habitat for Humanity of Utah County recently announced its first art auction, scheduled for early December 2007.

The organization is currently calling for art submissions from local artists to donate to this event.

The art auction, which includes both a live auction and a silent auction, is scheduled at the Coleman Art Gallery in Provo on Dec. 5, 2007.

Due to Habitat for Humanity’s goal to provide the value of a home to those in need, the auction carries the theme "There’s No Place Like Home."

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has built 25 affordable housing units in Utah County since 1992. The homes built have provided 43 adults and 94 children with a safe place to call home and a place where each family can flourish.

The organization continues to bring together families, neighbors, students and local businesses to build and strengthen the community.

"This art auction is an opportunity to raise awareness about the desperate need for affordable housing in Utah County, while also celebrating the artists whose works breathe life and expression into our community," said Kena Jo Mathews, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County.

The art auction is intended to raise awareness about the need for each family in Utah County to have a place to call home and will raise money to go toward building a house for a local family in need.

The auction also provides an opportunity for local artists’ work to be displayed in the community, and a portion of the artists’ donation may be tax deductible.

Those planning the event hope to collect art, which represents the theme; but more specifically, art that represents the artist’s personal interpretation of the theme.

High-quality visual art, whether in the form of paintings, drawings, prints or sculptures, are acceptable submissions.

For questions or interest regarding the art auction, contact Jennifer Jeffery at (801) 344-8527 or [email protected]