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The Fireplace hosts unique auction, party and gift opportunity
The Fireplace hosts unique auction, party and gift opportunity

Christmas shoppers looking for that unique gift for that person who has everything might want consider swinging by The Fireplace on the evening of Dec. 10 to cast a bid or two on some unusual pieces of art.

The auction is a benefit for Home Resource, a building materials re-use center on West Kent Street.

Even if shoppers don't spot that perfect gift amongst the large variety of found-art pieces being auctioned away, they won't come away empty handed. The auction doubles as the company's holiday party and includes food and music.

"It's our way of thanking all the volunteers that really help us out all year long," said Home Resource co-owner Matt Hisel.

The auction features a collection of artwork created by local found-art artists and some more spontaneous pieces created during a contest held at Home Resource earlier this fall.

The contest was called Spontaneous Construction. For four hours, Home Resource became a haven for the artistic mind as people from all different walks of life raced around the business looking for the perfect piece to complete their work of art.

"We had about 35 people show up," said Hisel. "They included professional artists, architects, builders and families. They all had four hours to create something using whatever they could find in the yard."

The idea had been to sell those pieces after they were completed, but the event wound up attracting far more artists than bidders, said Hisel.

"So we kept these pieces together and added some additional work by local found-object artists for this upcoming auction," he said. "We have an additional 25 pieces or so from professional artists for the auction."

The auction will include work by some of Missoula's best known found-object artists, including Bobby Tilton, Jason Gutzmer, Tom Robinson, Karen Slobad and Marc Moss.

"We have a whole range of things from very small items that we'll start the bids at $10 to some large, beautiful wall pieces that will start at $300," he said.

The proceeds from the auction will help pay for a badly needed pickup truck.

"Right now we're operating with an old, insufficient truck and trailer," said Hisel. "We're working on getting the down payment put together for a much nicer truck."

Hisel and Lauren Varney have been operating Home Resources, 825 W. Kent St., for two years. The business features a wide array of used building materials. The assortment includes things like windows, doors, sinks, cabinets, toilets, bathtubs, carpet, paint and other materials, which are acquired through tax deductible donations.

The holiday party and art auction will be held at The Fireplace at 241 W. Main St. from 6 to 9 p.m.

Reporter Perry Backus can be reahced at 523-5259 or at

Trash to treasures

Come bid on old stuff that's become art at Home Resource's holiday party and auction Saturday at The Fireplace at 241 W. Main St. from 6 to 9 p.m.

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