Last weekend, WNC artists raced the clock, donated their art and time to help keep the art profession alive.

The 2019 QuickDraw held last weekend at Laurel Ridge Country Cub netted more than $21,000 in funds that will be used to provide much-needed supplies for art programs in the Haywood County Schools.

The evening was high-energy with guests enjoying live art, music, finger foods, auctions and seated tables with floral arrangements expertly designed by Cole Smathers of Colonial Florist.

Now in its 18th year, QuickDraw raises funds by hosting an auction of works of art that are created in one hour as the public watches.

In addition to the dozens of artists who stepped up to the live hour art challenge, additional artists demonstrated their work during the silent auction portion of the event that were also sold that night.

“There’s nothing like standing and watching the architecture of a piece and then being able to bring it home and say, ‘Hey let me tell you about this picture,’” said Sandra Hayes, chairperson for the QuickDraw Committee. “There’s a palpable feeling of enjoyment in the event.”

Hayes said the QuickDraw funds are first used to pay for 100 percent of the art teacher requests for art supplies that will be needed for the coming school year. After that, scholarships are provided for students who want to pursue their art education.

“I am very happy to say that we are able to fund every item that every teacher needs,” Hayes said, noting that the teachers requests would total about $6,000-$8,000. “We will be able to fund all of that and be able to give out scholarships.”

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