Boyne Arts Collective auctioning swans to benefit Bob Wollenberg

A bevy of 18 beautiful swans is bringing spring early to Boyne City.

They have taken up a temporary home inside the Boyne Arts Collective, located at 214 Water St. next to Boyne City Hardware.

Members of the BAC along with other area artists have pulled together as part of the community effort to raise funds for Bob Wollenberg to help with the overwhelming medical costs of his recent double lung transplants.

His wife Jackie is the curator for the BAC and they wanted to do something as artists to support her and Bob in their own unique way.

With help from acting BAC curator June Storm, area artists were contacted and eagerly accepted the opportunity to design a swan for Bob’s benefit.

The swans have been transformed into beautiful works of art. Each swan has a name and a personality as unique as the artists that created it. The response to the swans has been tremendous.

Talented Boyne City art students accepted six swans. The eleven other swans owe their new look to more seasoned area artists.

The eighteenth swan is a vintage Franklin Mint collectible bisque porcelain swan donated by Ward Collins.

It has been warmly welcomed into the bevy by the others. Each swan will be displayed in the Boyne Arts Collective window for you to preview until March 25th.

On Saturday evening, March 26th from 5–8 p.m. the swans arrive at Sommerset Pointe.

They will all be included in the evening events along with other donations that will be offered for auction.

A couple of the swans may be going into the live auction and the others into the silent auction. All proceeds will go towards Bob’s medical bills. Tickets for the event are $35.00.

If you are unable to attend the benefit for Bob but would love to generously support the cause, you do have the opportunity to place a silent bid for the swans of your choice.

You can view them in the window at the Boyne Arts Collective and place your absentee bid there or in a special box next door at Boyne City Hardware.

Forms and a drop box will be provided.

You may also place your bid by going to swansforbob@yahoo.com.

The opening bid for each painted swan is $50.

The opening bid for the Franklin Mint “Silent Swan” was requested to start at $100.

A member of the BAC will act on your behalf during the benefit event. Please state your maximum bid in the e-mail along with the title and/or artist’s name and number of the swan.

Don’t forget your name and phone number so you can be contacted if you are the lucky winning bidder.

Participating artists are: Su Bishop, Chris Brown, Dawn Caine, Jerry Douglas, Martina Hahn, Cindy Kujawski, Chris Fall Knight, Teri Rounds, Mark Smith, June Storm, Dorothy Talberg; student artists: Alison Alger, Brianna Burnell, Madelyn Cain, Stephanie Chipman, Natalie Coopersmith, Elizabeth Mansfield, Shae Skop, Sofia Sosa, Veronica Sosa, Anne Marie Stokes, Ashley Sutton and Camella Zipp.

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Dawn Caine (left) and June Storm of the Boyne Arts Collective hold up works of art that look like swans for the upcoming Bob Wollenberg lung cancer benefit auction. Photo by Chris Faulknor/Boyne City Gazette

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