Art sale will benefit FACES

Published 11:59 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Resident art students have found a way to give back to their community and sell their art. The Department of Theater, Art, and Graphic and Animation Design at Longwood is hosting the Bedford Holiday Art Sale. Both university and community members are invited to attend the sale in support of FACES Food Pantry and aspiring artists.

The sale will take place at Longwood’s Bedford Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1. From 10 a.m.-7 p.m., attendees can peruse art for purchase, participate in raffles, donate to FACES and participate in an ugly sweater contest.

FACES President Ellery Sedgwick will speak at 2:30, during the sale.

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“Last year, we were able to give $1,000 which is about 1,000 pounds worth of food to FACES,” Longwood senior Cori Riggott O’Leary said. “This year, we are trying to draw out a bigger crowd so we can double our donation.”

This is the second consecutive year the sale has been run by Angela Bubash’s Art 462 Professional Practices class, said Maddy Small, one of the students.

Bubash said the sale gives students the opportunity to understand the scope and various facets of being a professional artist.

O’Leary said 20 percent of each purchase will be given to FACES. Canned goods and monetary donations will also be accepted throughout the day to help FACES, she said. O’Leary said all of the proceeds of the raffle will go straight to FACES. Those who bring in a canned good to the food drive will earn a raffle ticket.

AKA Sorority Inc., Red Door 104, Key Office Supply, Red Front Trading Co. and Longwood Big Siblings have already donated to help with the raffle.

Bubash and fellow Longwood professor Adam Paulek even donated their own artwork as raffle items.

“For anybody who buys a ceramic mug, there will be free hot cocoa,” Small said.

Those who don’t buy a mug can purchase the hot chocolate. All the money raised from drink purchases will also benefit FACES.

“Longwood is all about citizen leadership and giving back to the Farmville community and I think this event offers a really unique opportunity to help out and support our peers and community members in need this holiday season,” O’Leary said.