From left, Mississippi University for Women Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity members Allison Cole of Mathiston, Chapter President Frances Hairston of Columbus, Kaite Coffey of Columbus and Akki Brathwaite of Tokyo, Japan organize artwork for the annual Art in Autumn auction Nov. 7. Photo by: Courtesy
October 31, 2009 10:01:00 PM
For area art lovers, one of the much-anticipated events of the year is the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity''s Art in Autumn auction.
On Saturday, the Eugenia Summer Gallery in Mississippi University for Women''s Art and Design Building will be filled with donated artwork from a diverse selection of artists and artisans. And, everyone who takes home a new treasure will be "drawing out success" for area high school students.
"The auction is the fundraising arm of Kappa Pi''s Drawing Out Success initiative in which we partner with area high schools to raise money for their art programs," said Dr. Beverly Joyce, MUW associate professor of art and faculty sponsor for the fraternity.
"In 2007, we raised money for New Hope High School''s art program and then building supplies to convert a hallway into an art gallery at West Lowndes High School in 2008," said Joyce. "This year, we''ve set an even bigger challenge for ourselves."
The 2009 Kappa Pi art partnership is with three Columbus High School art teachers.
"The primary request is for a ventilation system for the ceramics kiln room," said Frances Hairston, a senior painting major from Crawford and Kappa Pi chapter president. "Proceeds from the auction will help them realize that dream."
Columbus High ceramics teacher Carol Murphree said, "Our number one wish would be to get a proper ventilation system; beyond that, we would be thankful for whatever help we can get."
The teachers have also requested a digital camera to photograph high quality pictures of their students'' work.
"Drawing Out Success doesn''t stop there," Hairston added. "As part of our program, we invite the beneficiary high school students into our building for a day of workshops. ... It gives all the members of Kappa Pi a feeling of satisfaction."
MUW professor Tom Nawrocki has donated an original print entitled "Zig Zag Zig 44" which will go to a lucky winner Saturday evening.
Tickets to win the 30-by-42-inch mixed-media digital print by the internationally-known artist are $20, and only 200 will be sold. Nawrocki''s prints are currently exhibited in Australia, China and in Los Angeles.
The winner does not have to be present to win. Tickets may be purchased at the event or by checks made out to Kappa Pi and addressed to Kappa Pi, MUW Art and Design, 1100 College St., MUW-70, Columbus, MS 39701, and received by Friday. Be sure to provide all contact information. Any checks received after the 200 tickets are sold will be returned.
Doors will open Saturday at 6 p.m. for the silent auction, with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charged. A nominal $1 fee will secure a bid number and enter the participant''s name in a drawing for door prizes.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.