'Flooded with Art' event will raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tigard junior Madelaine Au examines a few of the pieces she’ll be auctioning off this Friday to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Art has come in from all over the country for the â€Å'Flooded with Artâ€? silent auction, which begins 7 p.m. Friday.Madelaine Au unwrapped a large painting in the office at Tigard High School.

“I think this one is from New Jersey,” she said, examining the contents.

The painting depicts a pristine New England coastline on a warm spring day.

The weather in the painting appears calm and inviting, with no signs of the devastating storm that rocked the East Coast in October.

Hurricane Sandy caused $65 billion worth of damage across the East Coast, much of it centered in New York and New Jersey.

Au, a junior at Tigard, said she knew she wanted to do something to help.

“So many homes were destroyed and lives ruined,” she said.

Au is hosting a silent auction on Friday at the school to raise money for the Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund.

The “Flooded with Art” auction brings together artists from across the country, Au said.

“It has been coming from everywhere,” Au said of the artistic submissions. “We have student art and professionals. Someone sent in a piece from New York, and one came from New Hampshire. The folks down at Saturday Market donated some art.”

Even her 11-year-old brother has donated some of his artwork to the cause, Au said, as have students from nearby Durham Elementary School.

So far, artists have donated more than 50 pieces for the auction.

“We keep getting more,” she said. “I’ve been trying to spread the word. I guess it worked.”

One artist, a woman in New York, told Au she appreciated what the high school student was doing because her sister, nephew and cousin were impacted by the storm.

“Some of the pictures you saw, they don’t even look real,” Au said. “There was a house covered in sand so thick they had to shovel it out of the house.”

Au watched on TV as reports came in of the damage.

Her best friend attends college on the East Coast told her the destruction was unimaginable.

“She said it was devastating,” Au said.

Her friend lost power for days, and her residence hall flooded, forcing students to evacuate, Au said.

The auction features pottery, paintings and photography. The free event will feature art at all price ranges, Au said.

Some pieces will have a minimum bid of about $100, others will start as low as $10.

Au said she hopes to make about $1,000 for Sandy relief.

“Who knows,” she said. “We might be able to raise more than that. We definitely have some art that is worth a lot.”

The “Flooded with Art” auction runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Au will be offering free hot chocolate and selling snacks and churros to raise more money, she said.

All proceeds will go towards the Red Cross relief effort.

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