The art of assisting educators
By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Apr 23, 2013
Photo by: Annelle Woggon Bethel Middle School seventh grader Sherry Hinson works on her Impressionist-style landscape with attention to foreground, middle and background components.

Renowned regional artists step outside the studios for education this Saturday at QuickDraw’s annual fundraiser for art teaching and students. QuickDraw’s 12th annual live-art demo offers a window into the creative process, and connects buyers with artists for a cause.

Enjoy a spectacular Saturday event on the grounds of Laurel Ridge Country Club with QuickDraw, the kickoff art event of the spring season. Forty artists converge upon the scenic pavilion, working live in an open studio setting, while viewers stroll, sip, watch and marvel. Teachers show off student art works funded by the event while artists race the clock to finish their canvases in an hour.

Sandra Hayes, QuickDraw committee member, said having art teachers at the event displaying student art “puts a face on the art program in county and shows what kids can dream up.”

Witness art under construction and bid on it for a cause. Each artist donates half or more of the sale price to support art teachers and send students to college.

Local artist Margaret Roberts has been doing collaborative collages with QuickDraw guests for six years.

"It highlights the many talented artists that are in our community," she said. "The event and auction is evidence of how much we value art as we support the artists and art in our schools."

After the intense creative hour, artists catch their breath to mat, frame and sign their originals, so you can buy their fresh creation ready-to-hang. After a spirited auction where artists speak on the block, become their newest collector and chat with artists at the capstone meet-and-greet buffet.

Guest musician Helena will entertain guests with her banjo and guitar artistry, and Balsam Mountain Preserve has donated a scenic golf opportunity: golf for four at their Arnold Palmer Signature course, noted for its unique architectural layout that will call for every club in your bag.

Buyers and sponsors team up with artists, raising money to fund art teachers’ classroom projects and college scholarships for artward-bound students. Local businesses help underwrite the event to maximize event proceeds and ensure the greatest benefit for teachers. And philanthropic folks find creative ways to contribute, even if they're not creating a painting or sculpture for the auction.

To date, QuickDraw attendees funded $50,221 in art teacher classroom grants and $22,000 in college scholarships.

Bethel Middle art students got to 'mix it up' with wildlife-themed silkscreen art projects funded by QuickDraw. Using complementary colors (that lie opposite each other on the color wheel), students explored creating neutral colors by mixing blue and orange (complementary) inks to make brown tones.

Utilizing "Van Gogh brush strokes" and three-color silkscreen process, students created colorful nature art pieces, one of which was honored with an NCAEA (NC Art Education Association) art award.

Bethel eighth-grade student Krista Hall's artwork is on the way to Washington, D.C., to represent western NC and NCAEA in a national exhibit. Her second print is hanging at BMS in a display of all the silkscreen projects that Quickdraw funds have provided the school this year.

Not only does Quickdraw benefit students by providing funds for creative projects that develop critical thinking skills, it benefits teachers by allowing them the funding to think of creative projects outside the normal curriculum.

Hayes said it also gives the Haywood County Schools Foundation board members a “chance to describe the need as cuts to 'cultural arts' programs continue.”

It gives art buyers and attendees the opportunity to join forces with artists for a cause. It’s a unique opportunity to see the creative process up close and meet the artists behind the work.

“Winning bidders have a tangible product that has a back story,” Hayes said. "Imagine telling your friends that you saw this piece of art being created!"

In addition to $6000 in scholarships, QuickDraw funded $9400 in teacher classroom grants last year, and hopes to double the amount given to schools from $10,000 to $20,000.



QUICKDRAW's 12th annual

Live Art Demo and Auction for Art in Schools

Sat, April 27, 2013

4:30-9:30 p.m.,

Attendance is limited,

$50 advance purchase only

Admission includes live Quickdraw hour, social, auction registration, meet-the-artists reception.

For artists, schedule, ticket locations, PayPal ticket purchase: wncQuickDraw.com

Tickets by phone with credit card:

Robin Blu shop on West Main, Waynesville 246-9697

or T. Pennington Art Gallery on Main Street at 452-9284.