Over $1,600 raised at first ever RRHS Art Festival

By Jordan Desserre
RRHS Student

The first ever Rainy River High School Arts Festival and Auction held on Feb 7th from 7:00 to 10:00pm was a phenomenal success. Approximately $1,600.00 was raised in total from admissions, auction proceeds and donations.
The night started with people coming in and viewing art from community members and students. This was followed by a program of live entertainment. Emcees for the night were Jeffery Marchuk and Jordan Desserre who introduced the entertainers. Performances started off with Jeff and Emily Fraser singing songs from Phantom of the Opera accompanied by Jackie Dufresne playing the piano.
Next, Abbie Pearson read her poem “Self Doubt and Sadness” and this was followed by Adam, Camille and Bob Johnson singing and playing instruments. This musical family was then followed by Hunter Nielson reading his poem “Lost at Sea” and then the drama club came forward to perform a one minute skit of Cinderella and play an entertaining game of “Lines from a Hat”.
After the audience managed to stop laughing Abigail Tolen sang “Grenade” alongside Kira Olsen who was playing the piano. This was followed by Jeffery Marchuk reading his poem “The Road Home” and the entertainment concluded with Victoria Lindal singing “All I Want.”
The auction began with volunteer auctioneer, James Doyle, auctioning off 37 pieces of student made and donated art. With competitive bidding and fierce competition, all the art sold for amazing prices. The highest bids went to two floral paintings by local artist Bob Sawchuk. The emcees thanked everyone and the night came to a very successful conclusion.
This event would not have been possible without the assistance of so many people. Much appreciation goes out to volunteer auctioneer James Doyle, Christine Brown for set up ideas, design and picture matting, Robert Sawchuk and Kristie Tesarsky for donating and displaying their artwork, Rebecca Wood, Jennifer Martin, Jeff and Emily Fraser, Jacquie Dufresne, Mary O’Connor, Donald Young School, John Laplante, Katherine Williams, Nicole Armstrong, Lisa George, James Chorney, Cathy Seguin, Dan Mack, Rachel Copenace, Beaver Mills Market and Rainy River Student Council.
A special thanks go to the Arts Festival Committee for all their hard work and dedication towards this event. Finally to Jeff Marchuk, who stuck with me the entire time; Jeff did everything he could and more to help out so I am eternally grateful for that.
The final thank you goes to the attendees. This event would have been nothing without you or your support. Thank you for making the first Rainy River High School Arts Festival and Auction a huge success.