If you’ve still got holiday gifts to buy, you can find something unusual for the artsy person on your list Saturday at the Raise the Roof Art sale at the Olney Grange.

The Astoria High School Art Department and two AHS seniors – Miranda Stough and Kenny Schmoker – are hosting the fundraising project. More than 80 items will be available for purchase at the silent auction show and half the proceeds will go to the grange to help pay for a new roof that was recently installed.

Stough and Schmoker have helped organize the event for their senior project, hoping to give students a way to showcase their creative talent while contributing to the grange.

“A lot of the students are very, very talented, and we need to get their work out where the public can see it,” Schmoker said. 

The two learned about the cost of the grange roof from art teacher Mickey Cereghino, and wanted to help preserve it for the community. 

“It’s very important to keep these things alive ... it’s a very important part of the community, I believe,” Schmoker said.

Most of the art students at the high school have at least one piece displayed in the show, Cereghino said. Other activities will also happen during the event, such as a “Kids Korner” with art activities for children and interactive action painting." 

Cereghino said there will be a fairly low minimum bid set on all of the work to encourage people to bid on multiple pieces. However, if someone wants to leave before the end of the event and take the piece with them, they can choose a “buy it now” option, he added. There will be pieces available anywhere from a $5 minimum bid to $75 minimum bid and the artwork is mainly drawing media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, pen & ink) or painting (acrylic, some watercolor). 

Refreshments will be served at the event and it all begins at noon and will run until 4 p.m.


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