Art auction to benefit fund for scholarships


March 09, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A LOT OF refinishing and painting has been going on in the Westminster High School Art Department.

Since December, students in the National Art Honor Society have been preparing for the first Student Art and Hand-Painted Furniture Auction on Saturday.

They have scouted garage sales and flea markets, accepted donated furniture from faculty members and friends and transformed everything into works of art.

They have worked at least an hour after school every day and countless hours at home to finish more than 35 pieces that will be exhibited and sold through a silent auction at the Winchester Country Inn on Stoner Avenue in Westminster.

The splendid variety of hand-painted furniture includes four director's chairs, two footstools, a coffeetable and a knife holder. A knife holder? Well, it's not furniture, but Carly Forton, daughter of Mike and Mary Forton, painted some brightly colored fruit on it, so the knife holder is also up for bids.

"I hope we get a lot of people to come see our artwork," said Diana Pool, daughter of Jonelle and Ken Pool. "Art is sometimes overlooked by other events in the school, and this is a good way to see what's going on artistically. We have some very talented people in our club."

In addition to the hand-painted furniture, the auction will feature students' watercolor, pastel, tempera and acrylic paintings of local landmarks. Many landmarks are color versions of drawings students made this year for a calendar and note pad.

Erin Barata, daughter of Jose and Janet Barata, captured the historical beauty of Main Street in a watercolor print. And Stacey Hossler, daughter of Russell and Barbara Hossler, focused on the architectural detail of the Babylon Building in her acrylic.

"This is the club's way of celebrating Youth Art Month," said Sharon Schaeffer, who advises the Art Honor Society with Carolyn Seabolt. The women are art teachers at the high school.

"All the schools are exhibiting at Carroll Community College and when Erin Barata and Diana Pool became officers, they wanted to do something special -- something that had never been done before," Schaeffer said. "This auction was totally their idea; they have done all the work with the art society members and made all the contacts."

Westminster High School has the only local chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Students are invited to join after they have excelled in art and all their subjects. Members have to maintain a B average in all their classes.

Each year, the Westminster High School chapter of National Art Society presents a scholarship to senior members to help them pay for their continuing art educations.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the scholarship fund.

"We hope to give more money to more people this year," said Carly. "This auction is a great way to reach that goal and get the whole community involved."

Information: 410-751-3630, Ext. 294.

Carnival daze

Fun Fair, March Madness, Super Saturday, Dolphin Days and Spring Round Up. Pick almost any Saturday between now and the end of May, and you'll probably find an elementary school that is having one of these carnivals.

They're not called carnivals anymore, but the atmosphere and the activities are the same. Cakewalks, cake auctions, penny candy and plastic prizes. The smell of grilled hot dogs and sweet cotton candy.

For many schools, these carnivals are the biggest fund-raising events of the year, pulling in as much as $11,000. Other schools have opted to sell wrapping paper, pizza or cookie dough for their big fund-raisers, and the PTO or PTA foots most of the bill.

If you're tempted, and you have the time (and a few quarters), here is a partial calendar of such events:

Saturday: Dolphin Days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friendship Valley Elementary School. Information: Roxanne Brewer, 410-848-4105.

April 4: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spring Round Up, Westminster Elementary. Information: Debbie Frazier. 410-876-0218.

April 25: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spring Fair, Winfield Elementary. Information: Cindy Cimabue, 410-635-2684.

April 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Super Saturday, Sandymount Elementary. Information: Lisa Herb, 410 833-3481.

May 2: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May Blast, Charles Carroll Elementary. Information: Joan Stevenson, 410-857-8418.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/09/98

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