MEDINA — More than 45 artists, both staff and student alike, gathered at Medina High School on Friday to create a work of art in 111 minutes.
“It’s a little bit stressful,” 11th-grader Victoria Petey said about painting under a time limit.
Art teacher Bobbie Foy started Art 1/11 five years ago to give artistic students an outlet.
“I always thought how the theater has a performance and the baseball teams, football teams and parents come and they love to see their kids participate, and I thought we should do this for art,” Foy said.
A large circle of canvases and easels were in the main cafeteria as students and staff leaned over them trying to make their paintings perfect. Others ran to a table covered in paint at the center of the circle to refill their palletes.
“I honestly just heard about it and showed up,” said 10th-grader Marian Getz, who covered most of her canvas in blue paint. “I still don’t know what I am doing. Hopefully some inner artist sense will show up that hasn’t happened yet.”
The event was open to artists, teachers, students and nonartists alike. It provided a way for people to show off their work while raising money for a good cause.
This year, 47 people participated in Art 1/11. Last year, nearly $2,500 was raised and this year, Foy hopes to reach $3,000. Parents and community members who came to watch people paint were encouraged to donate $1.11.
Paintings from the event are being auctioned at www.32auctions.com/2018art111 through Sunday.
The money raised will be given as art scholarships to students who qualify, Foy said. Parents sat along the perimeter of the cafeteria as student media asked the artists questions between them racing to get more paint.
“My friends have done it in the past and they really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be a really cool way to express my artwork,” said Petey. “Usually I am more of a drawer but, you know, painting is another form of art, so I decided to go with it.”
Kathy Kraus, a retired art teacher from Garfield Elementary School, was invited to paint at the event.
“Well I’ve been with it a number of years,” said Kraus. “Because I still like to paint, and they know it, they invite me back.”
Kraus painted a picture of some homes near water. It was based off photographs she took while she was on a trip to Maine over the summer.
“I get to try something different each year,” she said. “Like, this year, I am using a palette knife for part of it instead of a brush.”