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‘Phantastic Art’ auction to benefit high school drama program

Nearly one dozen local artists contributed original works to an auction and raffle of artwork inspired by the musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," which the Skaneateles High School Drama Club will perform next month. All proceeds will go to the drama department.

Nearly one dozen local artists contributed original works to an auction and raffle of artwork inspired by the musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," which the Skaneateles High School Drama Club will perform next month. All proceeds will go to the drama department.

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Heather bruno Sears' gilded mirror received the highest bid during a Valentine's Day auction of some of the 'Phantastic' art work.

— This year, in support of the Skaneateles High School Drama club's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera,” local artists are putting together an art show. Headed up by Kim Baker, owner of Bijou Salon in Skaneateles, ten artists had the opportunity to contribute original works of art inspired by the musical.

Baker explained that this had been a project undergone last year to raise money for the drama club's production of “It's a Wonderful Life!” The art show succeeded at raising more than $2,200 and Baker and her artist friends decided to do it again. “It's a very huge project,” Baker said, “probably the largest-budgeted musical that they've done.”

Many of the same artists as last year's art show are contributing their pieces to this year's show. They are free to create “any sort of work of art” according to Baker. Artists were eager to be part of this project. One of the contributing artists, Hetty Easter said, "I think supporting the arts in the schools is important to the success of the entire community, therefore as a professional artist I donate whenever I can, plus, no one can say no to Kim Baker!"

Artist Joy LoPiccolo said that she is happy to contribute “because I value the Arts so much and think that they are a vital part in our children's eduction...the Arts are always among the first things to be targeted when budget cuts are made and therefore, we need to make more efforts to fund them. In addition, I love to support Kim because she is always giving back to the community.”

At the Valentine's Day Cabaret held at the Welch Allyn Lodge on Feb. 17, the pieces of the “Phantom of the Opera” art show were unveiled. They were then moved to the Mottville Emporium until the show opens at the beginning of March.

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