An Artful Affair takes place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.
The event is put on by Board members of the Westerville Education Foundation, The Arts Council of Westerville and Concord Counseling.
The purpose of the event is to enhance the education of Westerville City School students by promoting and supporting education initiatives undertaken by employees in the district. The community is invited to attend and local artists, both amateur and professional, are asked donate original art to be considered for inclusion as an auction item.
Art donated by students, teachers, community members, professionals and Concord clients will be available through a silent and live auction.
“The Foundation invests approximately $11,000 a year to all grade levels and we look forward to continuing our efforts with the community’s support,” said Erick Carter, current president of the Foundation and vice president of human resources at Alliance Data in Westerville. “There is so much talent and art available in Westerville that we felt a giant auction would be lots of fun to share – from first graders’ work to professional pieces.”
Guests will enjoy strolling appetizers, live music and gifts made by students. Midway through the evening winners of the WEF grants, GAP recipients and “Teacher of the Month” winners, sponsored by Alliance Data, Otterbein University and Education First Credit, will be honored for their exemplary work and contributions.
In addition, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 21, a family-friendly art auction and activities will be held in the Everal Barn House and lower level of the Barn. Attendance is free and light refreshments will be available. Families are encouraged to come after school, roll up their sleeves, have some fun with an art project and share their students’ art work.
“We’re excited to feature art at all levels of artistic abilities,” said Jan Fedorenko, Co-Chair of the event, artist, and retired principal of Hanby Elementary who will auction a prize piece of her own creation. “You’d be surprised how many budding artists live in our community!”
Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Sales and proceeds from An Artful Affair will benefit future grant awardees. The youth event is free of charge. To learn more, visit: https://www.westervilleeducationfoundation.com/