The Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour held Nov. 29 and 30 collected $3,100 through its Art in the Hat Raffle to benefit Indian River School District school arts programs. Those funds were recently awarded to John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford and Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, where art teachers will purchase equipment and materials for special projects.
Each year, every SEDAST artist donates a piece of art to the raffle, and SEDAST visitors have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets during their studio visits. All local school arts teachers are invited early in the year to apply for SEDAST funds for specific projects, materials or equipment to be used in the classroom. Representatives of the tour presented a check Dec. 18 for $2,075 to Marci Ginsberg, art teacher at John M. Clayton Elementary. A check for $1,025 was previously given to the art teacher at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. This year’s $3,100 brings the total of SEDAST-generated school funds to $47,655, and next year’s goal is to exceed $50,000.
This year, winners of the art work hailed from as close as local neighborhoods in southeastern Delaware and as far away as Arizona. The artists are grateful for the support of all the visitors to their studios, and especially those who purchased raffle tickets. Winners included Scott Anthony, Eileen Coyner, Pat Finlayson, Jean Hort, Kathy Jensen, Marty Pratt, Margaret Taylor and Kristine Taylor, who was lucky enough to win two pieces.
Next year is the 20th anniversary of the tour, and the artists hope for a great turnout. For more information, call Pat Frey at 302-732-6172 or go to www.artstudiotour.com.