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Student Art Auction to Raise Money for Scholarships

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 23, 2009)-- Student artists from across the SUNY Plattsburgh campus have donated work to an auction designed to raise money for student art scholarships Dec. 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Myers Fine Arts Building lobby.

Meg Risley and Sacha Sanger sit among samples of student art that will be included in the art auction.

This event is important to the students who often have to scramble to make ends meet, said Professor Diane Fine, who organized the auction with help from students.

"Our students work so hard. Most work one or two jobs in addition to going to school. Scholarships can be a big help," said Fine.

This is the fifth time in SUNY Plattsburgh's history that the auction has been held. Works up for auction will range from photography to ceramics and beyond, with bids starting at a low cost of $5 per item.

For the students, making and selling their art has several benefits.

"Our time is spent not only learning how to manipulate our medium and create concepts, but creating tangible work that can be sold," said Joanna Merry, who, with fellow students Megan Risley and Sacha Sanger, helped Fine organize the event.

Merry, herself, works three jobs to pay for school and admits that every little bit counts.

"And it is just a thrill to have someone purchase a piece of your work, no matter how small the bill," she said.

The event organizers encourage students and the general public to attend the auction for its charitable cause. Live music and refreshments will be served.

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