Inaugural Art of Living
More than 150 alumni, faculty and friends came on campus to support The Evergreen State College Foundation’s inaugural Art of Living which raised more than $75,000 for student scholarships.
Billed as a "celebration of art, cuisine and community," the event drew not only an enthusiastic crowd, but also donations of artwork from numerous local and regional artists—both established and emerging—including faculty, staff and alumni such as Cappy Thompson '76, Nikki McClure '91 and Tom Anderson '73.
Auction items came from Evergreen supporters near and far, led by event co-chairs Sandy Desner '76 and Jane Rushford. Among the treasures were the works of nearly 20 alumni artists, who generously contributed their pieces to benefit the college’s future students.
Attendees were able to bid on the artwork, as well as a variety of experiences such as travel packages and studio tours. In addition, they had the opportunity to make direct contributions to scholarships, which were then doubled by matching gifts from other Foundation donors.
Launched as an annual event, the first auction counted many sponsors among its supporters, including Heritage Bank, The Evergreen State College Alumni Board of Directors, Capital Medical Center, Seattle-based Platform Gallery, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters and The Evergreen State College Organic Farm. Hors d’ oeuvres and pastries were provided by local chefs and the four-course brunch featured locally grown organic ingredients.