The following article was written by Lizabeth Rosewicz, Art Teacher at Fort Riley Elementary.
The annual USD 475 Art Show and Silent Auction is sponsored by the Geary Community Schools Foundation. The exhibit is held each year at the C. L. Hoover Opera house upstairs in the beautiful Montgomery room. Large tri-fold blue board panels were covered with black fabric for the art work to be pinned upon. Each year it’s so amazing once all the work has been put up to see the caliber of talent on display!!
One of the district art teachers made some beautiful ribbons for the Best of Show and honorable mentions that were awarded. Each year the secondary teachers select the winners for these ribbons from the elementary level and the elementary teachers select the winners from the secondary level. It’s always a difficult decision.
Some student art was bid on using a silent auction. Sheets were supplied where bidders could write down their name and bid. Half of the profits from the sale of student art goes to the student artist. The other half goes to the Foundation. This year was the first year the art teachers created a piece of art for the show. The entire amount of profits from the sale of the art teachers work goes to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn is able to present a scholarship to a deserving JCHS senior wanting to pursue a degree in a field of art. Most of the bidders are the parents of student artists. A few other bids are often seen by district personnel and community members. We are very grateful for this generous support.
It was quite a thrill this year when WIBW came to the show on Saturday to do a quick video of some of the work and interview Jimmy Goheen.
Once again this show proved to be a wonderful success!! We are already looking forward to next year!!