An upcoming event gives those who attend the opportunity to buy original art while also raising funds for a visual arts scholarship.
The second annual Love of Art Affair will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Waupaca Ale House. The fundraising event will include a silent auction of original art that has been donated by students and professional artists.
“Last year, it was a great turnout. This year, we already have a lot of donated artwork. We’re hoping for a good turnout so we can be even more generous with scholarship monies,” said Lee Schultz, who teaches art at Waupaca High School (WHS) and is the organizer of the event.
For several years, she thought about planning such an event. “There were scholarships for music and theater, but nothing for the visual arts,” Schultz said.
Art donors include Michael O’Connell, Terry Achten, Bob Danielson, Susan Martin, Doris Weed, Jim Lang, Brenda Wenberg, Mary Gordon, Mary Beisner, Sally Christie, Theresa Drinka, Laurel Geyer, Yvonne Piekarczyk, Russ Lowe and Schultz.
Schultz said many of her current and past art students are also donating artwork for the fundraiser.
On March 11, the doors will open at 7 p.m., and bidding will end at 10 p.m.
Freewill donations will be taken at the door. Those donations, as well as the proceeds from the sale of the art, will fund a visual arts scholarship for a WHS student who is going to study art.
Last year, Monica Moore was the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship and she is currently working on several pieces that will be in the Love of Art Affair.
Moore is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she plans to major in art.
“I’m leaning toward painting and printmaking,” she said of her future plans.
Moore said she always liked art, and by the time she was a senior in high school, she had two art classes each semester.
In addition, she went to the art room during her study hall.
“I was in the art room three hours a day,” she said.
She is working on several pieces for the Love of Art Affair and says that for her, art is a way for her to express herself.
Moore was surprised to receive the first visual arts scholarship and appreciated it.
“If it wasn’t for this scholarship, I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford my first semester tuition for college. It was a huge help,” she said. “I was honored to receive it.”
Schultz said the fundraiser will include appetizers, a mix of Celtic and folk music by The Rakes of Mallow and a cash bar.