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Art event supports scholarships

Art at The Ranch is returning after a two-year hiatus due to smoke and COVID-19 restrictions.

The Art Sale & Auction is sponsored by the Black Butte Ranch (BBR) Art Guild. Funds raised support Sisters School District art programs and scholarships for Sisters High School seniors seeking future art studies toward an undergraduate degree in visual arts. Since 2014 the BBR Art Guild has contributed over $18,000 to scholarships and close to $30,000 to the elementary, middle, and high schools for art education.

The scholarship recipients for 2021 include three gifted students, each with unique artistic pursuits: Sahara Lucas, Anna Mensing, and Katherine Springer. These students engaged in an extensive variety of fine-arts classes and excelled in many fine-arts mediums, while simultaneously upholding rigorous class schedules. In addition to being practicing artists, they promoted arts programs in their school and the Sisters community through volunteer efforts.

The annual Art at The Ranch Sale will start at 4 p.m., Friday, July 9, on the deck of the Lodge, followed by the silent auction at 5 p.m., accompanied by happy hour beverages and appetizers.

The silent auction will include oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, jewelry, woodworking, and fabric art, as well as smaller items such as accessories, note cards, and the very popular potholders made by the Black Butte Ranch Quilters. There is even an auction item for a safari in South Africa. The Plein Air Painters of Oregon will return to the show and be painting at the Ranch during the day. They are also featured in the gallery at the Lodge during the month of July.


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