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watercolor sketch of Carver Museum 100% gallery opening

Watercolor sketch of Carver Museum’s 100% Exhibit opening 2010

Image copyright by Lynn Bridge

Time is almost up!  The annual George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center‘s ‘100% Art Exhibit’ and silent auction ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 29th.

The museum is closed on Sundays and, since Monday, May 31st, is Memorial Day, it is closed that day, too.  So, this is YOUR LAST WEEK to go see the art exhibit, visit the museum, and bid up those prices on the more than 70 pieces of 12″ x 12″ artwork on the walls.

I interviewed Faith Weaver of the museum about the proceeds from the silent auction.  The money raised goes to the education programs of the museum, and since this is a city-run institution, the funds are always in short supply.

The museum’s most popular classes are the black-and-white photography classes for youth and the private piano lessons. There are kids from all over Austin who participate in these programs, including one home-school group, and a group from nearby Kealing Middle School.  Some kids have had to quit piano lessons, or they cannot learn photography basics, because their families cannot afford the classes.

The funds raised from this silent auction will primarily go to scholarships for these kids!

When we think about how important it is for kids to learn to do something really well, and when we consider that this usually means private lessons, or extra tutoring of some sort, it is easy to see how valuable the scholarships are to the community!  As the museum gets more funding over time, there are plans to add more classes of interest to adults and youth.

We are 80% of the way to the end of the silent auction time period, so take yourself over to 1165 Angelina Street in Austin, TX and bid on your new piece of art in the next few days.  The phone number at the museum is 512-472-4809.