125th Logo Contest Paintings Go Up For Silent Bids

Youth and adults submitted artwork for anniversary

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Art and memorabilia lovers have the chance to silently bid on the 60 paintings submitted to the logo contest for the 125th Anniversary of Payson in February.

Youth and adult artists rendered what they felt portrayed the history and spirit of the Payson region.

"I'm excited about the kids who submitted artwork being recognized in this program for the 125th. It gives them a pat on the back, so maybe they'll continue art through school," local stone sculptor, Robert Barela said.

Several elementary school classes made large multimedia pictures on bed sheets with paint, and figures cut out of paper.

"We loved the colors and the concept the children had," Ginger Schoettinger said.

Auctioning the artwork seemed impractical, so she took a picture and used Photoshop to recreate them in poster format.

"The artworks should be up shortly at Fireside Espresso and Chaparral Pines," Schoettinger said.

Other business owners who wish to host artwork can contact Barela at naneki@cybertrails.com.

Bid sheets are with each painting, so, bidding can begin immediately.

Paintings will be on display on Main Street outside Artists of the Rim Gallery the next two First Friday Art and Antiques Walks.

"We are going to try to have as many of the children (and adults) as their schedules permits to be there with their artwork. It should be gratifying for parents -- some who do not even know their children did artwork -- to see their kids' work auctioned," Schoettinger said.

Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

"The paintings are collector's items. I would be proud to hang one in my living room," Barela said.

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