The Student Garden Art Bench Auction and Student Art Show will again be part of the Carnation Festival.
Volunteers will transport the benches to the festival grounds on Thursday afternoon, arrange them for display and set up bidding sheets. The benches will be displayed in the large tent to the west of the circus tent.
New for 2018 is a design which converts the garden benches into small picnic tables. The benches were built and design by the Career Explore Construction Pathways class at Wheat Ridge High School under the instruction of Jane Johnson.
The benches are special in their own right, but Wheat Ridge schools have taken it a step further. After being coated with a layer of protective paint, the benches are painted by school art departments in the Wheat Ridge area. Each one is as unique as the students who built and created it. Better yet, the proceeds go to a great cause – right back to the art programs of the schools.
The bidding opens on Friday 4:30 to 8 p.m, and continues Saturday 4:30 to 8 p.m. The highest bid on each bench wins and proceeds go directly to each school’s art department.
The Student Art Show runs concurrently with the three-day Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition, inside the Anderson Building. Exhibition times are Friday, Aug. 10, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 12, noon to 4 p.m.
While bidding on the benches or enjoying the art show, be sure to enjoy the demonstrations by various artists from the Wheat Ridge Art League, which will continue throughout the festival.