Valdosta Daily Times

March 5, 2013

Berrien Elementary holds silent art auction

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — Just in time for Youth Art Month, Berrien Elementary School  hosts a silent auction this week.

Participants can place bids on student-made, decorated gourds and two-dimensional artworks.

Through a $1,000 Bright Ideas Educational Grant, Colquitt EMC funded this project, noted Belinda West, Berrien Elementary principal. Money raised during the auction will benefit the school’s art-education program.

Gourds were purchased from The Gourd Pile in Morven. Rhonda Thompson of The Magnolia House in Nashville created gourd flower arrangements.

“Mrs. (Coby) Rice took time to work with each group individually to develop color-coordinated and carefully crafted pieces,” West says. “Although, not all classes got to work with the gourds each class did get to participate in some way. The third-grade classes worked together to create a large group flower garden or ocean scene collage. Fourth-grade students worked in small groups to decorate small bowls, flowers, masks, and fruit. The fifth-graders were able to work in small groups on large bowls, flowers, masks, rattles and dippers. Individuals were selected to help Mrs. Rice on several two-dimensional pieces.”

The auction takes place during BES Parent Night, though the public is welcome for the auction. Art viewing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, with auction results announced at 7 p.m., Berrien Elementary School.