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Student Watercolor Auction
January 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
The Museum Center at Five Points is holding its inaugural Student Art Auction on Tuesday, Jan. 8. This will serve as a fundraiser for all schools that participated and provided student watercolor art to adorn the museum’s walls throughout 2018.
Initially, students from local elementary, middle and high schools submitted an original watercolor piece after being told to simply paint whatever they chose.
The paintings were judged by three members of the Tennessee Watercolor Association and Alan Shuptrine, the featured artist of the Museum Center’s Shuptrine Watercolor exhibit. Mitch Mizell, curator of education, also awarded three with the distinction of “Curator’s Choice.”
Since there were so many elementary school submissions, six winners were chosen for elementary, three for middle and three for high school, making for 12 overall. These winners were placed on display with Shuptrine’s paintings throughout his art exhibit, which started on Sept. 27 and runs until Jan. 17.
The time has come, however, to auction the paintings off, as was their intended purpose.
“We had an amazing turnout, and had over 200 submissions,” Mizell said. “So in order to give back, we decided to hold an auction.”
Museum Center Executive Director Janice Neyman explained the auction is a method of tying community education into the watercolor exhibit. Through this, students and their parents will have yet another reason to come visit the museum.
The auction will take place in the building’s cultural center. Professional auctioneer Terry Posey has volunteered his time to lead the event. He ,ran the auction at the museum’s gala earlier this year. As people sign in, they will receive a paddle with their number on it, to raise and bid on desired pieces.
Each individual piece of artwork will be projected on a screen for the audience to see along with the artist’s name. The process will start with elementary students’ art and work its way up in age. Cash and check are accepted, but the use of a credit or debit card will require an additional 3 percent charge.
The event is a collaborative sponsorship between the Allied Arts Council and the Museum Center. Part of the reasoning for the auction is to provide more funding for art programs, because if a school faces budget cuts, arts are the first programs to go.
Cookies, sodas and juice will be provided. There will also be an intermission between the various school levels’ auctions.
Neyman said the Museum Center is already in discussions with the local art teachers to continue the Watercolor Competition and auction, but a particular theme has yet to be revealed.
“We’ve had anything and everything painted, from landscapes to dinosaurs,” Mizell added. “We allowed them to be creative and paint whatever they’d enjoy; but in the future, we want to narrow down the restrictions on paintings.”
A teachers’ advisory department has even been created at the museum to work with local art teachers so both students and the museum can mutually benefit together. This will allow the museum to see what the students’ current curriculum is in order to adjust its educational materials properly.
According to staff, one of the best methods of getting involved is by becoming a member of the Museum Center, as members are given exclusive discounts and access to events and exhibits prior to nonmembers.
The Student Art Auction is open to the public. All artwork will be up for bidding. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
For more information, call 423-339-5745.
By COLBY DENTON
Cleveland Daily Banner