ELKINS - Local artists, students, parents, local residents and art supporters gathered Saturday at the Elks Club in Elkins, raising funds for ArtsBank during the annual auction.
Art education in Randolph County elementary schools was eliminated many years ago, so for 22 years, folks have gathered to raise money for art experiences in hopes of helping students become artistically literate individuals. The annual ArtsBank Auction is the main fundraiser for this program that provides hands-on art experiences for students, including those at the West Virginia Children's Home in Elkins.
Local artists, art supporters and businesses donate items sold during a silent auction and grand auction during the event, which also offers attendees a dessert bar. Items during the silent auction included paintings and home-made foods, and grand auction items included a mandolin, artwork, memberships and sporting tickets.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins residents Michael and Judith McCauley admire items in the Grand Auction Saturday during the ArtsBank Auction. Proceeds from the event, which was held at the Elks Club, help supplement art education for students in Randolph County.
"This year, the auction raised about $15,000," said Bill McWhorter, coordinator of ArtsBank Council.
A new addition to the auction this year was the ability for donors to support classroom projects through the art cart.
"Donations are still being accepted," McWhorter said. "A donation of $30 purchases instructional supplies for one teaching artist, $50 buys art supplies for one school for one month, $100 purchases art supplies for one classroom for one year, $150 purchases art supplies for one school for one semester and $200 supports one day with one teaching artist."
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Patrick McKay and friends.
Artists in the school offer students experience in painting, drawing, pottery, ballet, song writing, collage making, quilting, square dancing, puppetry, graphic arts, printmaking, poetry and movement.
Artists heading up this school year's programming include Carrie and Michael Kline, who help students learn the value of oral history and Appalachian culture by interviewing and interacting with the elderly; Kylie Proudfoot-Payne, who teaches fine art concepts of composition, color schemes, drawings, painting techniques, negative and positive space and how to critique; Diana Vera, who combines art, song, movement, creative writing and improvisation for expressive arts tuning to explore the creative process with students; Kevin Woodcock, who introduces students to painting, drawing and simple print techniques; Suzanne "Sam" Bowyer-McWhorter, who provides activities to pre-kindergarten students; Danielle Cade, who offers drawing and painting to elementary and secondary students including the basics of color, line and form; Akiko Endo, who teaches middle school students origami construction relating the experience to the functions of geometry and trigonometry; Sarah Ferguson, who teaches painting and collage, as well as the history of art and influential artists; Patricia Graap, who teaches language skills in kindergarten through fifth grade using innovative instructional strategies; and Rebecca "Becky" Hill, who teaches tradition dance steps and stories to students.
More information about the ArtsBank program is available by calling coordinator Bill McWhorter at 304-636-9150, or Facebook at ArtsBank, Inc.