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Grandview artist's work will raise cash for schools

Sculpture will be among items auctioned at foundation's gala, set Feb. 2


The auction at this year's Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation gala will feature a piece by Grandview Heights artist Todd Slaughter.

The 3-D printed sculpture, Walden Pond: If Nature Were Divine, is a companion piece to Slaughter's recent exhibit, "American Primitives."

The exhibit was named a top visual art event of 2012 by the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Alive.

Walden Pond features several trees surrounding Henry David Thoreau's cabin.

"The sculpture sits in a blue bowl, which represents Walden Pond," Slaughter said.

In the various pieces he created for "American Primitives," Slaughter said, he examined how the ideas about American individualism written about in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance and by Thoreau "have been twisted and used for the wrong purposes.

"There's two sides to every idea: the good and the evil," he said. "One could make the point that the idea of American individualism has been misread or misused by some to influence isolationist and hate groups. It's the evil twin of American individualism."

As a local resident with three children who have attended Grandview schools, Slaughter said he is appreciative of the education foundation's role of providing funding for programs and activities not included in the school district's budget.

"This is my way of supporting the foundation's mission," he said.

The education foundation's gala will be held Feb. 2 at the LC Pavilion in the Arena District.

The event, which serves as the main fundraiser for the foundation, will include music by the Reaganomics, a social hour, a gourmet dinner presented by Paul's Fifth Avenue Catering, a signature drink created by Watershed Distillery, and live and silent auctions.

Tickets to the gala can be purchased through BidPal, a wireless online bidding, donation and payment processing system, at http://cloud.bidpal. net/Portal/bpe21740.

Guests also will be able to make their auction bids the night of the gala using the BidPal system.