Meridian Star

December 2, 2012

Kids' art auction to benefit Hope Village

By Terri Ferguson Smith /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Just in time for the holidays, parents, art enthusiasts and supporters of Hope Village have the opportunity to buy original art for a good cause.

    Hope Village is hosting its first ever Kids for Kids Canvases With a Cause art auction on Dec. 7 at the Meridian Museum of Art.

    Rhonda Poole, event coordinator, said art created by students from various grades will be sold through a silent auction to raise money for Hope Village, which offers a home for children in Meridian who have been removed from parent's custody due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    The Hope Village campus consists of five cottages.

    "We wanted to do something to make people more aware of Hope Village," Poole said. "We decided to do something to incorporate the kids and teach kids at an early age that everybody has something to give back. Some people give money, some people give their time. This was a way we could incorporate the kids and the schools in giving their time and talent."

    Because they approached the schools after fall classes had already begun, Poole said she was concerned that the teachers might have a hard time fitting this project into their schedules. Poole was delighted to be wrong. Eleven schools participated and now there are more than 500 pieces of art to be auctioned.

    Dr. John Hodge of Hodge Orthodontics chipped in, donating all of the canvases for the project, Poole said. That way all money earned from the auction will go straight to Hope Village.

    Teachers requested different numbers and sizes for canvases, but Poole was able to give them what they requested because of Hodge's help.

    She is very pleased with the results.

    "It's phenomenal. These kids are so talented and they've just done an incredible job. Some of them did themes. One school did a whole fall fest theme and another school did a Christmas theme," Poole said.

    Students' art work might be just the gift for people who are hard to buy for.

    "Buy a piece of one-of-a-kind art that a child has done," Poole said. "You're encouraging that child and at the same time you're making a donation to Hope Village to provide a better life for a child."

    The auction starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 and final bids will be at 8:30 p.m. The Meridian Museum of Art is at 628 25th Avenue, Meridian.