ArtsBank Auction items showcased

Each year, artisans from the area share their talents in Randolph County Schools through the ArtsBank program. Students learn about all forms of art including poetry, dance, painting, drawing and many other mediums.

ArtsBank supporters gathered Thursday at the Jennings Randolph Federal Building in Elkins to display items hand-crafted and donated by local artisans for the annual ArtsBank Auction. This year’s auction is is slated for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Elks Club.

Entertainment for the evening will include Liam Purkey, and the event features a dessert bar. A silent auction and grand auction will highlight the evening. Tickets will be available that night at the door.

“I have helped and attended the ArtsBank Auction since the second year we lived here,” said Dave Shombert. “It is one of the events that brings people from all parts of the community together.”

Money raised at the event benefits arts education in Randolph County Schools.

“This year we took students from one school to the Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob for science and art education,” Scottie Wiest said. “People are realizing how people can learn from art.”

“We are working hard to raise funds to take Elkins Middle School students to Spruce Knob,” Wiest said. “Getting kids up and out of the normal classroom routine helps enhance learning.”