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Doebbert to help with Emmanuel art auction

Linda Doebbert, who has been working with paper since she was a child, is hosting a mini workshop on making envelopes during Emmanuel's Art for the Ages June 18.

"I'm incredibly in love with paper."

Coming from artist Linda Doebbert, that's no surprise.

"I have been working with paper all of my life," she said.

Doebbert will be using her talents with paper during the Emmanuel Community Arts for the Ages event June 18. She will be helping people create envelopes from magazines from 2 to 6 p.m.

"This year I am part of an activity called Make and Take," she added. "It's amazing what will make a good looking envelope that has no other use."

The art auction is also from 2 to 6 p.m. and will be held in Emmanuel Community's new Forest Conference Center. Monies raised will benefit Emmanuel Foundation's Endowment Fund, which goes toward purchasing equipment to provide services for residents.

Doebbert said she started working with paper when she was young and her aunts, who worked in the Cities in advertising, would bring her the end cuts of paper. She used those to start her passion for creating.

Taking a look around her house, it's hard to imagine what art Doebbert doesn't partake in though.

"There's plenty I don't do very well," she said.

She started clay sculpture a couple years ago, she said: "I let myself out of that though."

Clay demands the artist be somewhere at all times, and "I couldn't control my time that much," she said, adding that she and her husband make frequent trips to the Twin Cities to see their children and grandchildren.

Doebbert said she works with most medias on paper (drawing, painting, etc.), and she has a keen interest in pop-up books. While she hasn't made pop-up books -- but has purchased an entire bookcase full of them -- she does make pop-up cards.

She said it's tough to say what her favorite art to create is though.

"I go through cycles, phases," she said of what art form she enjoys more. "Right now it's haiku."

Doebbert will write a haiku -- a poem that is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, "very implied and brief" -- and then draw a picture to accompany the poem.

As for her participation in the art event, Doebbert said it's for personal reasons.

"I have a connection to Emmanuel more than some people, because my mother worked there for so many years," she said.

Doebbert said from spending time there with her mother, she picked up on what residents liked to discuss.

"It's a wonderful facility in our town. We should really take care of it. I'm certainly happy to be able to do anything for it."