Art Auction Raises $15,840 for Dublin Schools

The 14th annual Dublin Partners in Education art auction deemed a success although support has been showing signs of “business fatigue.”

You have likely seen the artwork gracing the walls of the childrens’ section of the and just not known the works of art are part of the annual Dublin Partners in Education Art Auction collection.

For 14 years now, DPIE has been collection and auctioning masterpieces created by Dublin students. The money donated goes back to the Dublin schools to support enhancement programs.

More than 1,500 students from Dublin participated in the Art in the Classroom program this year, which resulted in 180 entries to the DPIE art auction.

On May 11, people who attended the 40-dollar-per-person annual auction, enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and dessert while perusing the finalists’ works on display for the auctions at the .

Juliette Goodrich, a KPIX news anchor, and Jim Hampton of KKIQ radio hosted the event as live auctioneers.

"The artistic talents of these students amazes me every year. I love being a part of the art auction," said Goodrich. "I have some of these masterpieces on my own walls at home."

Twenty-eight pieces were auctioned off during the live auction, along with 45 pieces during a silent auction. The event raised $15,840.

Former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart says the events sponsors included Extended Day Childcare, Meyers Nave, Attorneys at Law, the Chevron Corporation, the Holiday Inn, Amador Valley Industries, SunCal and Tim and Gretchen McCarty.

“Our first place framing was donated by of Dublin, Studio Blue of Pleasanton, Fast Frame in Walnut Creek, of Dublin, Richard's of Livermore, Proctor's of Livermore, and Studio 7 Fine Art & Framing of Pleasanton. Also contributing to our success was of Dublin for the printing of our program,” said Lockhart.

Lockhart has noticed changes in the financial support for the event.

“While enthusiasm was as great as ever, we are showing signs of ‘business fatigue’. We have been doing this event for the past 14 years and our wonderfully supportive community has walls full of art,” she commented.

“This is not meant to be a major fundraiser. This is a showcase of the students’ talents,” said Lockhart. “Our school community is blessed with wonderful, generous, artistic students who donated their best efforts.”

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