On Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., Bohemia and Borealis Arts will simultaneously hold a silent auction to benefit the Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund, the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Fund and the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund. 

More than 40 local artists, including Carolyn Anne Anderson, whose “Let This Be A Bridge” is pictured at right, have donated works with a peace theme to be auctioned.

Bohemia, 2920 E. Broadway, will have a shrine for people to leave messages, creations, and thoughts about the tragedy. Borealis Arts, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road, will feature an interactive canvas for people to express themselves, which will be auctioned at the end of the evening. Both galleries will have message boxes for Congresswoman Giffords and message books for the victims’ families. Encouragement bracelets will also be for sale to benefit the groups. Advocates from Homicide Survivors will be available to talk with people at Borealis Arts.

The auctions emerged as a collective effort from artists wanting  “some tiny way we could help heal the community,” said Nathan Saxton, who owns Borealis Arts. The response has been overwhelming, he said, noting that all of the proceeds will go to the funds.

Anderson said her painting was her way of processing the Jan. 8 shooting. “It was my emotional reaction to the event.” She said she later put the image on Facebook, where she was urged to make the acrylic work public so people could see more of the details. Now with Saturday’s benefits, she said, “it’s even more wonderful if it can be used to raise money.”

Anderson’s painting has been part of “From the Ground Up,” a collection of new acrylic works on display at ArtsEye, 3550 E. Grant Road. Her painting will be auctioned at Borealis Arts.

Inger Sandal