WAUPACA – Original artwork will be up for bid during the Love of Art Affair.
The fourth annual fundraiser will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Waupaca Ale House.
Free will donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Waupaca High School Visual Arts Scholarship.
“Every year, it gets to be a little bit more,” said Lee Schultz, who teaches art at Waupaca High School.
She started the event several years ago, because there was not a Waupaca High School Visual Arts Scholarship.
Since then, a number of WHS graduates have been recipients of the $1,000 scholarship.
Proceeds from the Love of Art Affair benefit the $1,000 scholarship, which is given to one or two students planning to study the visual arts.
As in past years, Friday night’s event will include a silent auction of original art created by high school to professional artists.
The silent auction will include paintings, photography, ceramics and jewelry.
The art donors will include Terry Achten, Greg Austin, Sally Christie, Bob Danielson, Julie Eiden, Fred Forseth, Nat Gisvold, Brooke Graham, Chris Groth, Craig Johnson, Ian Johnson, Rachel Klein, Scott Krueger, Jim Lang, Allyce Lees, Tim Koll, Jan Mahoney, Mary Gordon, Sue Martin, Michael O’Connell, Michael Patrick, Robin Peeters, Yolanda Piekarczyk, Sharon Radley, Charlie Rathjen, Rafael Tsenae, Brenda Wenberg and Doris Weed.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/118322508339197/?ref=22 to see some of the silent auction items.
In addition to the donated artwork, the silent auction will include artwork which was abandoned or forgotten in Schultz’s classroom.
Bidding will conclude at 9 p.m.
The Love of Art Affair will also include free appetizers, a cash bar and music by “Rakes of Mallow.” The music will begin at 7 p.m.
This year’s patrons are Helen Trewartha, Hansen Furniture and Appliance, AJ Holly Funeral Home, Susan and Jeff Martin, Tom and Eliose Godfrey, Farmers State Bank, Neuville Motors, Amy Durfee, Dr. Patti Kile, Community Eye Care Center, Dr Rex Pope, Pat and Romie Jungers, Waupaca Foundry and Waupaca Ale House.
Schultz said members of the high school’s Art Club helped plan the event and will be on hand Friday night, with many of them selling art pieces they created.
“The kids like to go and watch their stuff,” Schultz said.
For students like WHS senior Beau Ash, events which support the arts are important.
“With classes getting smaller, less are informed about it,” he said of the visual arts.
Ash is not only one of Schultz’s students – he is her teaching assistant.
He is considering studying art education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point or at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
“It’s just always been something I like. It always came easy for me,” Ash said of art.
He sees art education as helping students learn the importance of art and how fun it is.
“Everything is art,” Ash said. “Art is fun. It’s an escape away from stress. It clears your mind.”