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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:01AM

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Julie Edmonds, a somalier with Republic National Distributing Co. pours a white wine to accompany the tasting menu's first course.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Florida Highwayman artist Robert Butler adds his flourishes to a joint painting he and fellow artist Richard Powers (right) prepared for the live auction at Friday's Toast to the Arts event.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Performance artist Tony Trotti shows off the original painting of John Lennon he completed in less than three minutes at the Friday Toast to the Arts.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Florida Highwayman artist Robert Butler adds his flourishes to a joint painting he and fellow artist Richard Powers (right) prepared for the live auction at Friday's Toast to the Arts event.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Julie Edmonds, a somalier with Republic National Distributing Co. pours a white wine to accompany the tasting menu's first course.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Performance artist Tony Trotti works on a painting for the auction that he completed in less than three minutes.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Frostproof artist Richard Powers starts a painting at Friday's Toast to the Arts that he jointly completed with Highwayman artist Robert Butler and auctioned for charity.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Tina Spath (center) joined David and Mary Ann Harrell at the Rotary Club Toast to the Arts event Friday.

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Bartow Rotary Club event chairman J.C. Martin and artist Carol Hughes unveil the first annual Toast to the Arts wine pairing painting at Friday's event.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Frank Johnson beams along side the painting by local artist Carol Hughes that he bought at Friday's Toast to the Arts sponsored by the Bartow Rotary Club.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Virginia Condello and Jennifer Daniels joined in Friday's wine tasting at the Bartow Rotary Club's Toast to the Arts on Friday.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Mark McRae shows off his turkey painting by Carol Hughes, also purchased at the Friday Toast to the Arts event.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Water color painting of Sheriff Grady Judd by Haines City artist Dana Daydodge brought $425 at the Toast to the Arts auction Friday at the Bartow Civic Center.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Sylvia Fletcher and Diane Hinton check out the art at Friday's Toast to the Arts event sponsored by the Bartow Rotary Club.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Top ticket seller Bill Stewart places his bid in a basket at Friday's silent auction part of the Toast to the Arts wine and food pairing.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Somalier Eric Sellers shows off the second course wine at the Friday wine tasting and food pairing event hosted by the Bartow Rotary Club.

By CATHY PALMER

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Approximately 200 Bartow area residents clinked their glasses and raised them to the arts and fine food at the Bartow Rotary Club’s inaugural “Toast to the Arts on Friday-Florida Fresh Wine Pairing and Arts Celebration” held this past Friday, Nov. 1, at the Bartow Civic Center.

The event was hosted by Rotary to finance the club’s vision project and other charitable efforts in the community, according to event chairman J.C. Martin.

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