Art to Auction

CASA volunteer Mary Jo Hoffman works on her Make Art with Pieces Auction item.

Drawing inspiration from poet Shane L. Koyczan, the Child Advocates of Jefferson County will hold a Make Art with Pieces Auction on Saturday, June 11.

The organization’s court-appointed special advocate staff, which is dedicated to helping abused and/or neglected children, and lifting them to something better, was inspired during recent resiliency training when they heard poet Shane L. Koyczan’s quote, “When your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”

That’s what the organization has done and leading to a Make Art with Pieces Auction to be held Saturday, June 11, at the Ohio Theatre. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for viewing with the auction starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a free drink.

The community is also invited to be a part of event by turning furniture into art to be sold at the auction. Free art classes are being offered to teach people how to turn furniture into art. Participants can bring their own furniture or use furniture that’s been donated.

“This is a chance to learn art for the free,” said Goma Davis, the artist who will teach the classes along with Wesley Cox of Muddy Fork Antiques and Collectibles. Groups or individuals may participate, and can make a reservation for the furniture paint classes by calling 812-493-2347.

The fundraiser for Child Advocates of Jefferson County is one of several done annually by the independent non-profit to cover its operations costs. All proceeds from the furniture sold at auction will go toward recruiting, training and supporting community members to join the mission of making a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child.

“This is our favorite event for a couple reasons,” said Whitney Roberts, executive director of Child Advocates of Jefferson County. “The success of this auction is dependent upon our community members, who have a history of stepping into the gap with us, which says it all about the wonderful people in our community. It’s also is a fun way to get creative and accept each piece for what it is and leave it better than when we got it by our own hard work, similarly to the children we serve.”

Roberts said the auction “is a collaboration by a lot of people” with the idea of selling furniture at auction proposed by Cox. He and Davis donate their time and material to lead the classes.

Child Advocates represents abused and neglected children in court so that their voices and needs are heard. Their primary focuses are bringing a sense of normalcy to the child while they are in the system, gathering information, and making fact based recommendations to the court that are in the child’s best interest.

Tickets to the auction may be purchased at Muddy Fork Antiques, 219 East Main St., or by visiting www.childadvocatesjc.net/giveaway/make-art-with-the-pieces/.