This past Saturday, the River Run Art Gallery on Main Street Weed hosted the first day of its "For the Birds" exhibit and silent auction.

This past Saturday, the River Run Art Gallery on Main Street Weed hosted the first day of its "For the Birds" exhibit and silent auction.

Featuring a variety of sculptures, furniture, birdhouses and paintings by local artists, the exhibit will continue to be on display for an additional three weeks.

One of the goals of the new exhibit and auction will be to raise additional funds for the Main Street Project, with one third of the proceeds being donated to purchase new trees.

David Gochenour and Sharon LoMonaco opened the River Run Gallery in 2005, and have always featured local artists in an array of mediums.

David is most well known for his beautiful wood sculptures and figure drawings, which can also be viewed online at www.river-run-gallery.com.

In addition to Sharon's work in painting, photography, upholstery and wearable art, she is a nationally recognized quilt maker and sewing machine arts instructor. She has authored a number of books, such as "Serger Patchwork" and "Sampler Quilt Blocks."

The small art gallery packed its small space with local art enthusiasts for its exhibit opening Saturday afternoon. A combination of unique art, an ample amount of refreshments and a light drizzle kept the visitors there for much of the afternoon.

Young Christopher Forslund was there with his father, Robert. Christopher would've liked to purchase one of his aunt Sharon's paintings, but his allowance simply wasn't enough.

"His aunt may give him a great deal," Robert said.

The exhibit, which was meant to be a full four weeks, has been shortened to three weeks. Last week's heavy snowfall pushed the event back an extra week. Still, Gochenour and LoMonaco are  optimistic about raising a decent amount of money to go towards Main Street's tree population.

If you'd like more information on the "For the Birds" exhibit, call the River Run Gallery at 938-4602, or stop by at 151 Main Street in Weed.