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Posted October 6, 2010

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Inaugural Student Art Auction/Gala Gets A+

The grades are in, and A is for Art! is getting an A-plus.

This metalwork creation by Sandia High’s Julia Stubbs was sold at the first-ever A is for Art! auction/gala for $5,100.

The grades are in, and A is for Art! is getting an A-plus.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation’s first-ever art auction/gala on Sept. 24 raised about $30,000 in support of the APS Fine Arts program.

Dollar figures are preliminary, but the turnout and enthusiasm are rock-solid. An estimated 350 people came to the Albuquerque Museum to bid on APS student artwork and listen to student musicians from throughout the city.

“We are so grateful for the support of the community at large and the APS community,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “At minimum, I think people had an enjoyable time and were able to see great kids doing great things. None of it could have happened without the help of our sponsors, our volunteers and a lot of people who showed up simply to support students in the district.”

None of the 95 pieces went unsold. And one metalwork creation, by Sandia’s Julia Stubbs, was sold to Anchor Built Construction for $5,100.

“It was Julia’s birthday, but I don’t think she expected that kind of present,” Casaus said.

Students will receive 40 percent of the total sale of their artwork, and Casaus said he hopes A is for Art! will be able to attract at least 100 more submissions for next year’s event.

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