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Sebastopol artist creates a birthday treasure trove

  • Artist Lauri Luck works to complete one of 60 pieces of artwork that that she will be hiding and giving away in honor of her 60th birthday over the next few weeks. Photo taken at her studio on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Sebastopol, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Artist Lauri Luck plans a novel celebration for her own 60th birthday later this month. Instead of expecting gifts, she's creating 60 original pieces of art and giving them away to strangers.

But those who want her artistic treasures will have to hunt for them, because she's going to hide them all over Sonoma County.

Those who find find one of her small paintings or statues can keep them, but she'd love to have everyone bring them to her "60 at 60" party March 29 at her Sebastopol studio for a group photo.

Artist Lauri Luck's Birthday Treasure Hunt

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"My real birthday is March 27, but we're doing the party after this treasure hunt," Luck said.

She'll start posting hints and clues about where to find her hidden artwork starting March 14 on her "60 at 60" web site and Facebook page.

"I'm putting out the clues out 10 at a time, every other day. Some of the art will be in plain sight and some will be hidden. You'll have to go to a park and look for specific bench or something," Luck explained.

"Will people look?" she mused. "I'd like to think so."

Luck's little art treasures will be scattered as far north as Guerneville and as far south as Petaluma, with some of them cached in Sebastopol, Forestville and Santa Rosa. She has recruited friends and family to help with the project.

"What I'm doing is highlighting all of the places that are special to me — the walking trails, parks, libraries, even some businesses," she said.

To make them safe to stash outside, the pictures will be painted on small squares of vintage redwood siding, provided by Luck's carpenter husband, Michael Boese.


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