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Wild Things a Wild Success for Effie Yeaw

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/12/2014

Marianne McClary, Carmen Sellas, David Peterson, and Dusty Sellas
Good Day Sacramento anchor Marianne McClary (left) was emcee. The youngest exhibitor was Carmen Sellas. Mom Dusty Sellas and artist David Peterson congratulated the 12-year-old on her landscapes.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - In its fifth year, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center “Painting Where the Wild Things Are” fundraiser sold out and netted a record bottom line of over $66,000.

The center has operated under the aegis of the American River Natural History Association since losing Sacramento County funding some years ago. Fundraiser proceeds will help the Carmichael facility and its 80-acre preserve keep founder Effie Yeaw’s educational mission alive. Programs serve children and adult students from Sacramento and surrounding counties.

After silent auctions, nature themed art went under the hammer. The American River Parkway featured in many paintings, animal creations caused much paddle waving. Jeanette Morrow’s ceramic running rabbit with squirrel passenger took second place in the juried exhibition and raised $600. A heron sculpture caused a bidding flutter, selling for $1,400. Turkey, deer, ducks and a swimming dog were also auctioned in effigy.

Judged “best of show,” a Debbie Gualco painting of the American River bluffs at Fair Oaks fetched the auction’s highest bid: $5,500. Auction proceeds were split between the non-profit and participating artists.

Debbie Gualco With her Award Winning Painting of the American River Bluffs
Debbie Gualco’s portrait of American River bluffs was judged “Best of Show” and fetched the gala’s highest bid. Auction proceeds were split between Effie Yeaw and participating artists.

In addition to art sales, a raise-the-paddle effort for Effie Yeaw’s Urban Nature Project (enabling visits from schools in low-income areas) netted more than $20,000 in pledges.

“The auction was lively and some wonderful art went under the hammer,” said Effie Yeaw spokesperson Betty Cooper. “After five years, we feel our fundraiser is really established on the community calendar.” Learn about the Effie Yeaw Nature Center at


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