It was standing room only when auctioneer Mike Matherly opened the bidding for student art during Butteville Elementary’s 3rd annual Art Auction and Wine Tasting event Saturday evening at the Lake Shastina Golf Course.
Enthusiastic bidders competed for favorite pieces while a lively crowd enjoyed watching.
The auction raised nearly $17,000 for Butteville’s fine arts programs, according to Eva Mitchell of the Butteville Parent Teacher Organization.
Mr. Wolmar’s 7th grade class watercolor mosaic titled “Patches: Unsettled” sold for $800, and Mr. May’s 8th grade class ceramic and wood piece titled “Nature’s Impressions” went for $500.
When the crowd was shown that Mr. Bragg’s 5th graders signed their Moroccan inspired paper design, they responded in unison with “Awww!”
Butteville Principal Todd Clark said after the event that the art auction isn’t just about selling art, it is about the kids creating the art. Students in each class collaborate on an art project and are excited to hear how much it sold for during the auction.
Clark said the money will fund continuing programs and new enrichment programs that were added this year. Twice a week, 4th through 5th graders will be able to choose between strings or band during their enrichment period; 6th through 8th graders may choose between strings, band, art or drama.
Clark said the arts are now built into the instructional day. “We believe that arts are a part of a well rounded education and, as we make a shift to Common Core State Standards, it goes hand in hand with that,” he said.
Butteville will continue its Artist in Residency program that brings local artists into the classrooms to work with students for a week.
Throughout Saturday evening, guests enjoyed tasting wine from Eden Vale Winery, Mt. Tehama Winery, Paschal Winery, Roxy Ann Winery, Shasta View Vineyards, Stone River Winery, and Trium Winery and eating hors d’oeuvres while perusing over 60 silent auction items.
Live music was provided by Caya Layman, Bob Richardson, Jan Stensaas, Jan Scherzo Tarantella, Steve Layman, Amy Anders, and The Readers Forum (Caya, Steve and Dave Theno).
The live auction raised $6,180 with nine of the 23 items selling for more than $300.
Clark painted and donated a watercolor of the mountain titled “Solace.”
Donna Sanders, Noble Dinse, Bonnie Dunn, Lynne Hajeck, Anne Haugen, Joyce Kyle, Chris Schneider, Virgil Harton, Willo Balfrey, Melissa Coles, and Tom O’Hara donated pieces for the live auction.
Blind auction bids on a condo in Hawaii that was anonymously donated raised $1,600.
PTO president Sandra Haugen expressed “a big thank you to everybody who donated, volunteered and came out to support it. It was a big success!”