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Wine & Chocolate Social
1999 Benefactors Chosen

Bob & Ruth Korn honored this year by Alpine Artisans.


by Patricia Swan Smith
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
January 28, 1999

Ruth and Bob Korn have been selected as the 1999 recipients of the Alpine Artisans 'ArtsBenefactor' Award. The Alpine Artisans members present this award as recognition to those in the Seeley-Swan community who give special support to the arts.

The Korns will be honored at this year's Fifth Annual Wine and Chocolate Social hosted by the Alpine Artisans, which will be held on Saturday, February 6th. The proceeds from this event fund the Alpine Artisans yearly $500 scholarship awarded to a graduating Seeley Swan High School senior.

The Korns started the Wine & Chocolate Social in 1995, and they chaired it for three years.

They moved to Condon 11 years ago, and they are the founding partner in the Swan Valley Arts & Crafts store in Condon.

Their 27-year pottery business, Korn Utopia, offers beautiful hand-thrown functional stoneware and porcelain. Ruth says she helps with the trimming and decorating, and the business end of the deal, and she likes to give most of the credit to Bob. Bob disagrees and says she helps with everything.

"We're partners in everything," she said.

Their teamwork is also very apparent in their involvement with the Alpine Artisans guild.

They shared the AA President's seat for two years, and they are sharing the board's vice-president position this year. While they like to think they're sharing one post or event, the Alpine Artisans group knows that it is getting two valuable members involved for the price of one.

"We are very honored to be chosen as this year's Benefactor, it's nice to be honored, especially by your peers," Ruth said.

"It's kind of humbling," Bob said. "It's a very big honor."

The Korns are originally from Minnesota where Bob was a High School Counselor and Ruth taught kindergarten. Bob was a counselor for a short time at Paris Gibson High School in Great Falls before moving to this area.

They will receive a commissioned piece of art from one of the Alpine Artisan members on the night of the social.

The Emily A Bed and Breakfast will host the event from 6 to 10 p.m. The Emily A is located north of Seeley Lake at mile marker 20 on Highway 83.

This year's social will also include Hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by the Seeley Swan High School Spanish Club students. The club will not charge for the Hors d'oeuvres, but it will accept donations.

And of course delicious chocolates, wine, coffee and other soft drinks will be available.

A silent auction will be followed by a live auction for the art created by the members of the Artisans guild. You may bid on the art pieces, which will be on display at the First Valley Bank, from February 1st through the 5th.

Among other pieces, oil, pastels and water paintings, carvings, pottery, carpentry pieces, calligraphy, jewelry, photography, basketry and sculptures make up the selection of art work.

Over 60 art pieces will be available. Admission is $10. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Stage Station in Seeley Lake or at Swan Valley Arts & Crafts in Condon. Tickets will also be available at the door. Your admission may be used toward the purchase of any item.

For more information call this year's chairperson and host Marilyn Peterson at 677-3474.

Come join in on a fun-filled evening, and help support the arts and the local high school students.

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