While this year’s recent student art auction featuring Animal Harbor pets was forced to move to a digital format, the sudden change of plans didn’t seem to affect supporter participation.
North Middle School art teacher Emily Ragland was the mastermind behind the show that featured exceptional art prepared by North Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade students.
Ragland said that while Animal Harbor’s original plan to display art for community viewing and hold a live auction at the Winchester Wriggle spring event was cancelled because of COVID-19, the students were able to participate in an in-class art session.
However, having the opportunity to go virtual with the event proved to open up participation to a broader audience and the art show raised almost $600 for the homeless animals at the shelter.
Ragland said they were happy to not only be able to raise money through the event, but to also give a voice to the shelter animals, the art and the students behind the art.
Two of the art auction winners donated their pieces to the pet’s owners or to Animal Harbor staff members who had strong connections with the animals featured in the artwork.
Organizers of the event hope to hold another art show auction in the future.