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Second-annual Painting with the Stars surpasses expectations

An art docent greets a guest. View the slideshow.

Paintbrushes were raised, bids made and contributions collected, all in support of the Interurban Center for the Arts Docent Program at the second-annual Painting with the Stars, held Thursday, Feb. 27.

With more than 80 people in attendance, 10 local artists demonstrated their talents in pottery, watercolor, Native American and Bauhaus wood carving, printmaking, acrylic painting and more. Two collaborative art projects provided every attendee the opportunity to participate in creating art.

The silent auction tables held instant treasures: art pieces created by local notables such as Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus; Green River trustees Linda Cowan and Tom Campbell; along with regional elected officials Senator Joe Fain, King County Council Member Pete Von Reichbauer, and King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.

Guests bidding at a silent auction. View the slideshow.

The Green River College Foundation sponsors the ICA Art Docent program, which provides training and resources for volunteer art docents in 30 elementary schools throughout seven school districts and serves more than 14,000 K-6 students annually.

One participating school is Covington Elementary. Principal Mike McCarthy worked with Green River welding sculptor Greg Bartol to create a two-foot-tall steel football, which bore a slight resemblance to the Lombardi Trophy recently won by the Seattle Seahawks.

"The Art Docent program provides enrichment to children in two ways: Making the arts approachable and fun is the first contribution; placing a caring adult volunteer in the life of a child is the second and arguably more important contribution," said Foundation Executive Director George Frasier. "Our Star Artists, artists, and donors have made this work possible through their donation of time, money and extraordinary talent. My sincere thanks go out to them."

Painting With the Stars grossed more than $7,000, exceeding its second-year goal. In other words, the event was a touchdown!