The gymnasium was decorated in a roaring 20s theme and artwork made by local artists and Butteville students was auctioned off for hundreds of dollars. Artist Chris Messer, owner of Snow Creek Studios in Mount Shasta, came early to live paint a mountain scene on stage, which was also auctioned off.

Butteville Elementary School in Edgewood was hopping on Saturday night for the roaring 20s themed Eighth Annual Annual Art Auction and Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser, which was attended by approximately 170 business owners, teachers and parents supporting the school’s arts programs.

The gymnasium was decorated in a roaring 20s theme and artwork made by local artists and Butteville students was auctioned off for hundreds of dollars. Artist Chris Messer, owner of Snow Creek Studios in Mount Shasta, came early to live paint a mountain scene on stage, which was also auctioned off.

“You don’t (often) get to see a professional artist work and watch their progress in such a short time,” said Rami White, a volunteer with Siskiyou Arts Museum.

Dressed in 1920s era clothing, Nikolas Allen and Brenda Eastman put on an entertaining performance for the third year as they emceed the auction.

“Butteville Elementary School is keeping the arts alive in school and the community continues to step up and support this wonderful program,” Allen said.

This year, live art auction items included works from each of the Butteville kindergarten through eighth grade classes. There were also works by former Butteville principal Todd Clark, Daniel Sims, John Uttech and Kevin Lahey donated by Robert Francisco, Michele Carchman and Karen Gaeddert.

Local merchants donated 120 items that lined the school hall for the silent auction. Keeping a close eye on one of the bigger prizes in the silent auction, Weed Grocery Outlet owner Rodney Barr was determined to win the autographed Pat Townshend guitar with a bid up to $1,400 within an hour of the event’s start.

Other raffle prizes included a card draw raffle for a one week stay in Hawaii.

At the beginning of the affair, Clark, who is now the superintendent at Little Shasta Elementary School, announced he is thrilled that Butteville Elementary School is the “California model” in promoting the arts programs.

“When I started here, I couldn’t get a job as an art teacher. The arts are the first programs to get cut,” Clark said. “Not all kids shine in academics, some kids only do well in art. Thanks to the Parent Teacher Organization doing this for the last eight years, (Butteville) has a great program.”

Butteville’s programs include performing arts, Spanish, band, strings, dance, sewing and the artist residency program, where artists from around the county come for a week to spend time with the students in each class to produce a piece of art they can each take home.

In a town of 80 to 100 residents, Butteville also pulls students from Lake Shastina for a total enrollment of 200 students.

“The PTO is passionate to ensure these art programs can, and will, continue for the Butteville students,” said PTO President Kaci Masson.

Ernie Lasson, a board member with the Siskiyou Arts Museum said, “This is a wonderful annual event that supports the arts. This should be the template for others schools.”

Live music was played by Dunsmuir’s 9 Times Swinging. Dunsmuir Brewing Company and Lost Coast Brewery offered beer tasting. Coffee sampling was offered by Weed Coffee Roasting. Desserts were by Sarah Terry and handcrafted chocolates were from Jason Friendly Foods. Mike & Tony’s catered the hors d’oeuvres. Other sponsors included Weed Tattoo Co., Roseburg Lumber, Siskiyou Auto Sales, Jon’s Party Rentals, Weed Grocery Outlet, Land Home Financial, Evergreen Family Dental, Wonderland Distributing, Perfect Paws Pet Crematory, Siskiyou Central Credit Union, J.P. & Family Roadside Truck Repair, Redding Bank of Commerce, Girdner Funeral Chapel, Golden Rush Espresso, Weed Golf Course, and Owens Pharmacy.

Thinking of everything, the PTO also had rides available for those who needed it after the event.

To help support the Butteville School’s art programs call (530) 938-2255 or buttevillepto@gmail.com.