Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flamingo Fete Will Benefit Art Education

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flamingo Fete Will Benefit Art Education

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Byline: CATHERINE LAMBERT, Times-Union correspondent

Not all flamingos are pink.

At least not those being featured today in the Duval Art Teachers Association's second "Fabulous Flamingo Fete."

The 6 p.m. fund-raising event at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership features a silent and live auction of about 30 flamingos and 40 birdhouses -- all decorated in the styles of famous artists from different times.

Bids for flamingos begin at $35 and birdhouses at $25. All proceeds go toward the Leslie Beddard Scholarship Fund, which supports professional development opportunities for arts educators and the Duval County Visual Education Center.

Jack Matthews, district art resource teacher for Duval County Public Schools, said the event offers a chance to raise money to further the knowledge and opportunities of local teachers.

"It is a great scholarship fund because it allows us to send our teachers to special conferences and learning centers," he said. "Last year we made about $4,000 in about two hours. It was very exciting."

Among those creating flamingos and birdhouses are Daniel Wynn, Tony Wood, Larry Wilson, Jay Shoots, Linda Broadfoot, members of the School Board, county art teachers and representatives of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and the LaVilla/Ritz Museum.

Contributing artist Wood said he got involved because he is an artist and educator in Duval County. …

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