Second Annual Mystery Art Show Raises Over $39,000!


The second annual "Mystery Art Show" at Ashawagh Hall was a huge success, with lines once again down the block on opening day. The show, organized by a committed group of parents, attracted families, community members and art collectors to see student artwork displayed alongside those created by famous artists. "It's the biggest fundraiser we have ever seen at Springs," said teacher Sue Ellen O'Connor. "It was such a thrill to hear people excited and talking about art." The sale raised $39,500, which is up from $35,000 last year. Figures from this year should be released shortly.

Each piece of art was up for sale for $20 each. All artwork was done on 5x7” canvases and were only signed on the back, so buyers did not know if they'd purchased an "authentic" piece by a well know artist or something by a student! All proceeds will benefit the school's Visiting Artist Program.

This year's sale featured a Saturday afternoon party that included music, food, a live auction and a silent auction. This year's show also featured a "teacher band" consisting of teachers from the school who performed hits like "Happy" by Pharell and "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel! Music teachers Angelina Modica and John Gibbons, along with Peter Fitzgerald, Joey Colavito, and Joe Vanasco provided great musical entertainment.

All proceeds from the sale will go towards the Springs School Visiting Artist Program, as well as providing funds for museum trips. The Visiting Artist Program, coordinated by art teacher Colleen McGowan, allows several artists to come in throughout the year and work with classes on different projects. This year, artist Scott Bluedorn led a series of workshops for eighth graders where they worked with an emulsion which created prints in the sun. They also designed collective pieces called "the exquisite corpse," based on an exercise inspired by Impressionist artists.  Artist Sydney Albertini has been working with the second grade, creating fabric collages for the art sale. Artist Andy Piver worked with seventh graders, creating comic designs and graffiti-style lettering called "slaps" or "tags." Earlier in the year, nationally recognized artist Paton Miller worked with the set designers of this year's Opera to produce a huge mural that covered the entire back of the Guild Hall stage. "It is a great privilege and learning experience to work with these artists," said Mrs. McGowan.   

Funds from last year's sale also provided school trips this year to the Museum of Modern Art, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, and Goat on a Boat puppet theater.