Art, animals and auctions: Oak Harbor High School raises funds for Humane Society

Feb 27, 2024 | Featured, Schools | 0 comments

A young girl checks out the auction pieces at Night of the Arts Auction. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

On Feb. 22, Oak Harbor High School art students learned that art is about more than sharing beauty. It can also spread benevolence.

That evening, art teacher Elly Gilbert hosted Night of the Arts Auction. Original artwork created by the school’s art club members was auctioned off to raise funds for the Humane Society of Ottawa County. Students created a variety of works, from paintings to pottery.

Sophomore Madison Hand donated a painting called “Talk to the Paw” that was inspired by the stubbornness of her own dog. She also donated an elaborate fish-themed pottery bowl.

Oak Harbor Sophomore Madison Hand holds a pottery bowl she created for Night of the Arts Auction. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Most of the people were doing dog and cat art, and I wanted to make something for the fish people,” she said.

Hand planned to make a deep blue colored bowl, but the bowl finished off in a fitting blue-green color reminiscent of the sea.

“It’s not what I was expecting. It’s more blue-green. We’ll just call it algae,” she said. “Some of the best art comes from mistakes.”

Hand said she enjoys being a member of Gilbert’s art club.

“I really like our little art program here. The art club meets after school, and we get together and have extra time to create things and learn about different artists around the world,” she said. “The best thing we did was visit the Toledo Museum of Art. We got to talk with a clay artist.”

Oak Harbor High School art teacher, Elly Gilbert, kicks off Night of the Arts Auction while members of the school’s music performance group prepare to entertain the crowd. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

During Night of the Arts Auction, members of the school’s music performance group entertained attendees during a pre-auction pizza supper. Overymyer Auction Service donated their services, which helped raise much-needed funds for the Humane Society.

“We were looking for an organization to support, and the Humane Society runs completely off donations,” Gilbert said.

Humane Society of Ottawa County Director, Lesa Heredin, was very grateful for the donation.

“It’s important because the cost of vetting is just crazy. Right now, it’s our biggest expense,” Heredin said. “When I found out the kids wanted to help us, it meant the world to me. I love animals, and I love art, so this is personal.”

Dozens of original works of art created by Oak Harbor Art Club members were auctioned off to raise funds for the Humane Society of Ottawa County. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

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