Art Auction to Benefit Emergency Shelter

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Art lovers can help out the community and improve aesthetics by purchasing artwork created by University of West Georgia students.  Students in an advanced drawing class sketched and painted for a silent auction in response to Mike Gilroy's Buffalo Creek Community Garden Project.

A silent auction is underway at the Agricultural Education Center through Saturday, Nov. 22, with proceeds going toward a community emergency shelter. The project was chosen on the basis of its opportunity for student engagement with a local community social mission and agenda.

The students’ work features observational and conceptual drawings of the garden at Buffalo Creek. Eighteen drawings by six students are up for the silent bidding.

The students hope to expand the broader community awareness of the existence of the community garden, its social purpose and fundraising, said Eilis Crean, assistant professor.

“The students experienced a concrete social purpose for their creative studies,” said Crean. “The achievement of serving a specific audience within the community is a valuable aspect of the student's liberal arts studies; one that will expand their awareness of the potential social responsibilities of the artist.”

The center is located at 900 Newnan Road. For more information, call 770-241-6732.