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Posted: November 10, 2015

A is for Art! was a Record-Setter

The APS Education Foundation’s annual fine arts gala netted more than $67,000, a record in the six-year history of the event.

Every one of the 177 pieces of student and teacher art was purchased, also another first, and the Highland High School fine arts department received $6,000 in funding during the live auction. All three student works in the live auction were purchased, including La Cueva student Grace Walker’s painting of three Chevrolet Impalas. That piece was purchased by CASA Auto Group owner Mark Wiggins for $5,000.

“We are absolutely blown away by the response to this event,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We had nearly 500 people come to see and buy art, and several dozen volunteers – many of them teachers in APS schools. It was a special evening.”

The evening had a variety of highlights, but perhaps the biggest was the performance of former Manzano student Audra Vigil, whose three-song set prompted a standing ovation – after the first song.

Several dozen businesses and individuals sponsored the event. The presenting sponsor was Technology Integration group, with Southwest Capital Bank sponsoring student art and Pepsi sponsoring music.

The first foray into mobile bidding – i.e., the ability to bid via cell phone – also was a success, creating a record return in revenue for student art.