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Reynolds art show inspires, raises funds

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Students display and sell creations at Reynolds High Fine Arts Department event.

CONTRIBUTED - Students Lesley Lopez Armenta, Nathan Naovaransy, artist-in-residence Benjamin Clark and student Bailey Cooper take in the 12th-annual Reynolds art show and auction. 
More than 200 student, community, staff and professional artists participated in Reynolds High School's 12th-annual art show and auction, and the event raised several thousand dollars to benefit the arts at Reynolds.

CONTRIBUTED - A student admires some of the creations at the 12th-annual Reynolds High School art show and auction, which raised about $3,000 for the student artists and the high school art program. "The show was very well attended, the largest numbers we have seen so far," said Katie Sullivan, an art teacher and coordinator of the Reynolds Gallery of Contemporary Art, commonly known as RoCA.

"We were able to raise a little more money than usual due to the sales of our artist-in-residence for RoCA, Benjamin Clark," she said, estimating the auction's take was about $3,000.

The student artists get 50 percent of their auction sales, and the rest of the proceeds benefit the Reynolds High Fine Arts Department and RoCA.

CONTRIBUTED - Reynolds High School has a robust arts program. Here a student studies a work displayed at the art show.

Students manage every aspect of RoCA at the school including hanging the art, running the website, designing the posters and "keeping the RoCA brand alive," Sullivan said.

The show and auction took place on Thursday, March 9.

CONTRIBUTED - Kiara Willard, a student, and artist Benjamin Clark pose next to some of the art at the Reynolds art show. The main gallery of the show was themed "We the People," and the artists' work hanging there was based on topical issues such as racial and gender equality and immigrant respect and rights. Artist-in-residence Benjamin Clark created a series of portraits of African-American figures that were auctioned off.

Reynolds partnered with the Art Institute of Portland and was able to give two students full scholarships for a college prep art course at the institute. For more information, visit art-roca.com.