Valley’s student artists are auctioning off their work
People will have a chance to dress their walls with the work of some the area’s finest young artists.From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, advanced art students at Rifle High School will part with some of their best works when their pieces go to auction at Creekbend Bistro in Rifle. Last year, the auction netted more than $2,000, enough to buy a kiln for the high school. Pottery, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings sold for $40 to $350 last year.”Any time someone is willing to pay cold, hard cash for something a student has done, it’s really flattering for them,” said art teacher Leslie Keery.Most of the pieces that will be in the auction are already hanging on the walls at Creekbend. Keery said she’s not sure yet how the money from this year’s sale will be spent because she plans to move to the new Coal Ridge High School in Peach Valley next year and will leave the decision to the next art teacher.The best yetRifle High isn’t the only school offering student art to the highest bidder. Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt hosted a student art auction on Monday, May 2. The auction, at the Miner’s Claim restaurant in Silt, netted more than $4,000.”It was the highest amount we’ve raised,” said principal Lisa Whitmore. “It went very well.”Before the art auction, people bided on donated items in a silent auction. Student artwork sold for $200 to $500. Whitmore said several people who bought artwork donated it back to the student who made it.The auction was organized by the Roy Moore Parents Association, which keeps the money in a fund and distributes it throughout the year to teachers who need extra supplies for projects, and other teaching tools. Contact Amanda Holt Miller625-3245, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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