The BISD Education Foundation raised $49,761 at the 15th annual Arts and Appetizers event. Emerging artists from the Brenham Independent School District showcased and auctioned off their brilliant pieces of art during the event held in the ballroom at Ant Street Inn this past Thursday.

The audience and support for this year’s event was one of the largest to date. Multiple sponsors, local officials, community members, parents, and BISD staff filled the ballroom in support of the BISD art students and Brenham Public Schools. The crowd’s boasting energy and generous support made this the most successful Arts and Appetizers Event thus far.

Preliminary totals from the BISD Education Foundation reflect a total of $49,761 raised during the event. This surpasses last year’s total of $31,381 by $18,380! This year, $30,285 was brought in through the live and silent auctions, $6,920 was raised by the raffle tickets, and $12,556 was donated to the Foundation through donations and sponsorships.

The highlight of the live auction was the artwork created by Brenham High School 12th grade artists Jill Rosenbaum and Elizabeth Markos  “American Sunset” and “A Moment of Silence” were both selected for this year’s invitation and received the highest art piece bids of the night. Both were purchased for $1,800 by Kelm Angus Farm and Thrivent Financial/Anonymous donor.

Artists’ Jill Rosenbaum (L) and Elizabeth Markos Auction off their signature invitational pieces, “A Moment of Silence” and “American Sunset” bringing in the highest bids of the night for artwork at $1,800 each.

Other top selling items included a Frio River vacation which sold on the live auction for $2,400 to Connie Meten, Cynthia Barker and Vickie Wehmeyer, a NFL memorabilia package which sold for $1,700 to Appel Ford and Kami Leonard, and two (2) pieces of artwork created by Delaney Duran which sold for $1,600 to Citizens State Bank and $1,500 to Brannon Industrial Group (BIG).

The Foundation is thankful for the support of everyone who attended the event and supported our mission and the emerging artists of BISD.

The Brenham ISD Education Foundation will distribute the funds raised at the event to sponsor teacher mini-grants for items to use in classrooms. Anyone who was not able to attend the event, but wishes to contribute to the BISD Education Foundation, can mail their gift to 2211 South Day Street #330, Brenham, Texas 77833. Story and photos courtesy of Brenham ISD.

Jill Rosenbaum’s work drew the highest bid from artwork during the live auction at $1,800. Rosenbaum with her piece “A Moment of Silence” and buyer, Eunice Kelm of Kelm Angus Farm.
Delaney Duran’s art work was selected as a promotional piece for this year’s event and sold for $1,600 on the live Auction to Citizen’s State Bank. Duran with “Relished Elegance” and buyers Chris Cangelosi and Carl Prihoda of Citizen’s State Bank.
Elizabeth Markos's second piece selected for the Live Auction, “Home of the Brave” was purchased by Crain Group, showing great support from surrounding areas of Brenham.
The NFL Memorabilia donated by Broncos players, Courtland Sutton & Austin Schlottmann, was a successful Live Auction lot selling for $1,700 to Appel Ford/Leonard’s. Proud parents, Don & Michelle Schlottmann and Phelicia Marshall present buyer’s Mike and Kami Leonard with their son’s signed jerseys and football.
Delaney Duran’s second piece selected for the Live Auction was another successful art piece which sold for $1,500 to Brannon Industrial Group (BIG). Duran with her piece “Stoic Rider” and Buyer Mike Brannon of BIG.
Kathryn Johnson pulls in $1,100 for her piece “A Texas Skyline” on the Live Auction. Johnson with buyers Becky Ogg and Paul Ehlert of Germania Insurance.
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