Children's plate art to raise funds for arts center

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By Sandy Barnes

Brightly hued images of the West on china plates are the centerpiece of a fund-raising effort that the Center for the Arts Evergreen is coordinating.


For the third year, the china plates featuring art of area students are being auctioned during Weekend in the West, an annual art show and sale at Evergreen Fine Art. Funds raised from the plate sales will be donated to the arts center.

“We turn right around and the give the money to local teachers,” said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director.

Last year the arts center received $4,000 from the sale of plates, which became available in the form of grants to art teachers.

The funds are used for school projects ranging from arts festivals to visiting artists, said Sumner.

“They’re not to supplement budgets, but to give teachers a chance to do something special … to help teachers explore programs that they would not have funds to do,” he said.

A collaborative effort that incorporates funding from the Evergreen Rotary Foundation, the project creates grant opportunities for area schools.

“Quite a few of the grants go to high schools,” said Sumner.

In 2012, Conifer and Evergreen high school teachers were recipients along with those at Evergreen Middle School, Wilmot and West Jefferson elementary schools, Evergreen Middle School, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and Evergreen Country Day School.

The grants have brought musicians and dance performances to schools, said Sumner.

This year students in the fourth through sixth grades at area schools submitted more than 200 pieces of art, from which 41 designs were selected for plates. Professional artists also participate in the plate project.

Inspired by the theme the “Wild, Wild West,” the images include lively scenes and depictions of animals and Southwestern icons. 

The plates became available for bidding on Tuesday night at a reception and presentation for students who participated in the project. During the event, they received commemorative tiles of their work and certificates. Winners also were awarded ribbons.

The plates are available for bidding and purchase at Evergreen Fine Art through Saturday at 2 p.m.

In addition to funds from the sale and auction of the children’s plates, Phil Shanley and Barbara Hadley also donate 5 percent of the revenue from the art show to CAE, said Sumner.

“A lot of people don’t know how generous Phil and Barb are,” said Sumner.

Evergreen Fine Art is at 3042 Evergreen Parkway. For more information, and to view the children’s art work, visit the website at www.evergreenfineart.com.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.