Paws 4 Paws dogs going on the auction block | Local News – Google Alerts

SCOTTSBLUFF — The “painted pack” goes on the auction block this week to help raise funds for the area’s animal food pantry, Skipper’s Cupboard.

The Paws 4 Paws fundraising event is the creation of Becky Hale and Steve Morgheim, operators of Skipper’s Cupboard. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they asked several area artists to apply their own imaginations to create one-of-a-kind artworks from poly-resin dog figurines.

The figurines, which were unveiled to the public in April, will be auctioned on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Weborg 21 Centre on the Scottsbluff-Gering Highway. Bidder registration starts at 6:30 p.m. The auction follows at 7 p.m. with veteran auctioneer Steve Flower handling the bidding.

“We had a rehearsal of the auction earlier this week so we know what to expect when the real thing happens,” Morgheim said. “There are so many different jobs that need to be done to make this auction successful.”

Since April, Hale and Morgheim have toured the artworks around the area, making stops at Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock, Carhenge and the lighthouse at Lake Minatare. The “painted pack” also made appearances at the Pink Palace in McGrew, Carnegie Art Museum in Alliance and West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff. They appeared in several parades, including Heritage Days in Alliance, Tabor Days in Minatare, Camp Clarke Days in Bridgeport, the Scotts Bluff County Fair Parade in Mitchell and Oregon Trail Days in Gering.

Morgheim said that during Oregon Trail Days, the dogs were on display in Legion Park. A visitor from Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted to buy one of them on the spot, but Morgheim explained they were going to be auctioned. So she emailed a bid for the one she wanted.

“People have been really impressed with the imaginative creations the artists came up with,” he said. “They’ve been so well-received because these are quality pieces that could easily appear in…

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