Reynolds art show inspires, raises funds
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.
"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.
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.
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.