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Wildflower Village Close to Closing; Owes $47,000 in Taxes

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The Wildflower Village is dedicated to art and creativity. "I just like art. I like the fact of putting people back in their trade to do what they do well."

Pat Campbell bought what was once four motels 18 years ago. She revamped the 6.5 acre property into artist studios, art galleries, nightly and monthly rooms and "there's a whole lot to it. There's 85 rooms, Penske truck, a coffee shop, a wonderful coffee shop."

She also has a chapel, a pub with 10 different types of absinthe and visitors can take the many art classes offered on site.

Jacqui Isensee has painted here for three years. "It's good to be in an atmosphere and other artists."

She displays her work in two studios. And she volunteers for Pat in exchange.

Pat also has had some people pay with paintings.

"It's giving them the opportunity to focus on art and not have to worry about a place to pay to rent."

The artists of several paintings paid rent by giving one a month. Now the owner is going to sell these to save the place.

Pat who has provided a home to so many is now struggling to keep her pride and joy.

She owes nearly $50,000 in taxes and is so far in the red, this place may go dark. "It's always been a difficult time, always been a difficult time."

Now she has all of these pieces up for auction to pay her taxes.

"This is an awesome moon. It's really valuable; I got it at Lightning Auctions. I love it."

Piece by piece she tells us why each one shines. "Anytime you see red in glass it's gold. This is gold and silver."

She will also be auctioning off an 8 foot totem pole, given to her as rent by an artist who stayed there 8 months.

"We have to really scramble to get the taxes paid."

But Pat is extremely hopeful believing her village will survive this $47,000 crisis.

"I'm gonna be an old lady tottering around this place, just having a lot of fun here."

The auction for all of his artwork is happening this Saturday. The owner tells us she needs to make $47,000 by July or August at the latest. If not, the property will be up for foreclosure.

Pat says she tried to the refinance a building on her property but the owner of her loan denied that. That's part of why she is desperate for those funds.

The auction is at their property on Fourth Street near McCarran in northwest Reno.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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