Artwork from Grosse Pointe South High School’s talented art students, including Gracie Romer’s  “web of lies,” will be up for auction during ArtFest.

Artwork from Grosse Pointe South High School’s talented art students, including Gracie Romer’s “web of lies,” will be up for auction during ArtFest.

Photo provided by Kathryn Paschke


South’s ArtFest goes online May 5-7

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 27, 2021

  The painting “Waddles,” by Grosse Pointe South High School student Scarlett Draper, will be up for bid in this year’s ArtFest.

The painting “Waddles,” by Grosse Pointe South High School student Scarlett Draper, will be up for bid in this year’s ArtFest.

Photo provided by Kathryn Paschke

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For the last 40 years, Grosse Pointe South High School art students have showcased their talents in the school’s annual ArtFest.

The tradition continues in 2021.

Talented art students are putting the finishing touches on their work for this year’s ArtFest, which will be held May 5-7 in a virtual exhibition and online auction. The annual event is designed to support students while they pursue their artistic talents.

ArtFest is primarily held in person at the school, but because of COVID-19, organizers decided to have an online gallery this year. Art students from each grade level will display and sell their pieces in a virtual auction at the website artfest2021.com/auction. When logging on, the website will include details on auction guidelines.

According to the auction website, bids from the public can be placed on items until 6 p.m. May 7. Many art selections will have a “Buy It Now” price to allow the bidder to purchase that item at the designated price, foregoing the usual auction format. After the auction ends, the website will remain live for one year.

According to South art educator Amber Mades, all current art students will have the opportunity to present their work. The students have created works of art in photography, metals, drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics and sculpture. By participating in the auction, community members might find the ideal ceramic piece to decorate their bathroom or track down the picture perfect painting for the living room.

“ArtFest is a nice way for art students to show off their talents that others might not have known about,” Mades said in an email. “This year, because the show is virtual, more of the community will be able to see the talented artists at South. We’re very excited for this. I think students also like to sell their work.”

Proceeds from each art piece are divided up, with 80% going to the student and 20% benefitting the Robert R. Rathbun scholarship fund, which supports art students.

In addition to showcasing the artwork, ArtFest provides monetary awards ranging from $25 to $500 to students. The awards are made possible through community, family and alumni sponsors. The ArtFest donors may specify award title, medium, number of recipients and amount of each award. If interested in making a donation, contact parent volunteers Laura Wholihan at wholihan@hotmail.com or Paula Draper at paula@higbiemaxon.com by April 30.

“The students have chosen which works they would like to sell. It’s really a special occasion,” said Kathy Paschke, one of the ArtFest parent volunteers whose daughter, Lyla, will be in the show. “A lot of students reap the benefits of the awards.”

That could include gift cards to art supply stores. The award and scholarship winners will be announced May 7. The purchased artwork will be available for pickup or delivery.

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