The 4th Annual Jr. Salmon Auction was held on May 17th at the Vernonia Schools Commons.
Presented by Hands-On Art, the evening was a fundraiser for arts programs in the Vernonia Schools and the community.
Each year Vernonia high school art students decorate wooden cut outs of salmon, creating individual pieces of art, which are auctioned off to raise funds for their program. Students also decorate pieces of furniture for the auction.
This year Robb Wilson took the podium as the auctioneer assisted by Kathy Dalebroux.
The event raised almost $2,000, the majority of which goes directly to school art programs.
Entertainment was provided by two members of the VHS Band, Nate Izzett and Jacob Medearis; the two were joined by Vernonia Band Director Rob Izzett who played trombone for one number.
The Vernonia Boosters sold desserts as a fundraiser and other student art was on display during the evening.
Karina Tolmacheva created the Jr. Salmon that sold for the highest bid this year.
Let me first start by saying that I know times are hard and money is scarce, but it’s not going to get better any time soon. Excuses can continue to be made, but it’s time to bring back the support for the arts in our community before they are cut all together. Our community use to thrive on the Arts, from community theatrical Melodramas to outstanding artists.
Many of you know or remember me as the Art teacher in Vernonia from 1977 – 2004. I was teaching there when the Arts were supported on every level from the School Board, superintendent, principals and community. Darrel Proehl, superintendent at the time of my hiring, went out of his way to make sure that Vernonia had one of the strongest art programs in Oregon, if not the nation. I will be tooting my own horn here a bit and may sound as if I’m bragging (which I am), but from 6th- 12th grades our program gave the student’s everything when it came to mediums in Art. Read More