Fundraiser for Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club
The Lost Arts sculpture was one of 35 mini-trucks that artists created for a fundraising project for the Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club. The project theme, “The Trucks Stop Here”, was inspired by the rich agricultural heritage of the surrounding region. The artwork that Patti Buttitta created with her team (Joan Clark, Toby Sticpewich, and Ben Akutagawa) depicts two graphic artists/sign-painters who, embarking on a new project, have become lost on their way to the job. Having attempted to cross the Russian River flowing through the town of Healdsburg, the artists discover that they are lost AND have a flat tire.
The title refers not only to the predicament in which the protagonists find themselves but also to the now seldom-used “lost art” tools of the graphics trade seen in the back of the truck.
To the enjoyment of residents and tourists alike, the collection of mini-trucks was on public display throughout Healdsburg for several months, then all of the mini-truck sculptures were auctioned at a special event held at Sonoma-Cutrer Winery. All proceeds benefited the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club.