For Kids' Sake Art Auction ''Meet the Artists'' Opening Packs the Longbranch Cafe & Bakery
"I made this piece to make people smile," Nova Morris, 8, commented as she held up her art during an interview at the For Kids’ Sake Art Auction "Meet the Artists" Opening Reception last Friday, March 22, at the Longbranch Cafe & Bakery. The restaurant was packed wall to wall with young artists, who donated their work to the event, and their proud families. Young faces lit up when they found their art among the almost 200 pieces adorning the walls.
Mayor Mike Henry welcomed everyone and spoke to the importance of community building events in Carbondale. He noted that the Art Auction highlights local kids' talent and an open-mindedness to support their peers across the world. Some of the children then shared what inspired their art and why they chose to donate it to For Kids' Sake. Mason Hempmen, 16, from Brehm Preparatory School commented, "When I heard it was a charity event, I thought, why not donate my art?" Kids and parents alike were touched that the simple act of contributing art would provide healthy meals, a warm bed and an outstanding education to some of the most vulnerable children in Bangladesh. The theme of "kids helping kids" was certainly palpable throughout the evening.
The silent Art Auction at the Longbranch Cafe & Bakery runs through the Closing Celebration on April 26. “Our hope is that, by the Closing Celebration, every piece of art finds a loving home," Hilary Chandler, Art Auction Curator shares. With nearly 200 pieces of artwork and 20 gift baskets from local businesses, there's absolutely something for everyone.
The Closing Celebration marks the finale of the six-week auction and is truly a celebration with an outdoor stage, multiple bands, cultural performances by children, fresh samosas, henna artists, raffle prizes and more. Mark your calendars for the 19th Annual For Kids' Sake Art Auction Closing Celebration on Friday, April 26, 5-8pm at the Longbranch Cafe and Bakery.
Wall Sponsors who match bids on art double the impact of each artist's work. A goal of the For Kids' Sake Art Auction is to have each wall matched by Wall Sponsors. To date, seven walls are available for sponsorship. Event organizers are grateful to the businesses and individuals who have already made their commitment - Thank you, Jason McKee of Ambit Energy, Dayempur Herbals, Greenridge Landscaping, SIH, Town Square Market, and private donors.
For more information, contact Shema Ruperto at 618-529-5044 or visit www.forkidssake.net.