Bethel art auction raises over $10,000

by Angela Denning-Barnes on September 25, 2012

The Art Guild’s auction in Bethel Sept. 22 was a success, according to Reyne Athanas, one of the organizers. The non-profit group raised over $10,000. A live auction of 20 steel salmon and ravens brought in $8,280 and the silent auction raised $1,741.

Athanas, who is co-founder of the Art Guild, says that’s more than enough money for their scholarship programs.

“The Art Guild is thrilled and happy with the auction,” Athanas said. “It was a wonderful atmosphere.”

The highest auction item was a steel salmon decorated in wood by local artist Marie Alfred. It went for over $800.

The Art Guild gives out two, $1,000 scholarships to college students every year. They also pay part of the tuition for young students attending the summer youth art camp in Bethel.

Athanas says there will be some money left over for renting their gift shop at the cultural center.

The Passport Club from Bethel Regional High School raised $551 in tips during the auction’s dinner.

Athanas says they were also honored to have Bethel musician, Mike McIntyre, perform during the event.

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