Silent art auction raises money for autism charity

One of senior Hannah Bergwell's acrylic paintings that she made for her silent auction art show, Art for Autism. Photo provided by Hannah Bergwell.

One of senior Hannah Bergwell’s acrylic paintings that she made for her silent auction art show, Art for Autism. Photo provided by Hannah Bergwell.

After the success of her art show last year, senior Hannah Bergwell will again host the Art for Autism silent auction in the commons at North on Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Like last year, the art show will raise money to be donated to the autism charity, Autism Speaks.
This year, Bergwell plans to add even more to the show in attempt to involve more people than last year. While last year’s show had around 80 pieces up for sale, this year Bergwell estimates around 100 pieces from Bergwell and other artists at North and in the community.

An acrylic painting senior Hannah Bergwell made for her silent auction art show, Art for Autism. This painting, along with others (including featured image) will be up for auction at the show on Feb. 7, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the commons area. Photo provided by Hannah Bergwell.
An acrylic painting senior Hannah Bergwell made for her silent auction art show, Art for Autism. This painting, along with others (including featured image) will be up for auction at the show on Feb. 7, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the commons area. Photo provided by Hannah Bergwell.

Bergwell has spent hundreds of hours of her own time painting and organizing the whole event. With all of her work, she said her main goal is just to just continue to spread awareness of autism in the communit. She also hopes that people will approach her if they need to talk to someone about issues with autism, as she said she wants to be an “advocate and a helper” for anyone.
“[The best part of last year’s show was] just the reception that we got, and really seeing the success of the art show.      The success of the show was more than we raised money-wise,” Bergwell said. “Like [one success was] seeing the students with autism being able to branch out and have interactions with other students, in a comfy and tolerant environment. It was great to see these results.”
The show will feature paintings, photography, digital art and drawings, made by students in the Navigator program and others. Bergwell also said the show may feature some ceramics and sculptures.
“I’m excited to see all the art, especially Hannah’s art, and just the incredible art and work she puts forward for the show, like she did last year,” senior Brandi Bates, who will be helping Bergwell run the show this year, said.
In addition, Starbucks will provide coffee for the show, while other vendors will donate cookies and cupcakes for people to eat while viewing the art. This year’s show will also have live music performances from seniors Miranda Hall and Joseph Wilson, as well as possibly a few other students.
The show is the night before Valentine’s Day and Bergwell said it’ll be a fun time to have a free date with a significant other or get a last minute gift or just for anyone who wants to hang out at a show.
“It’s a fun, free laid-back environment, with good art and good music and food,” Bergwell said.