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WAYNESVILLE — An online version of the popular QuickDraw event has brought together 51 artists to benefit art education in Haywood County Schools.

QuickDraw traditionally featured artists racing against the clock to complete a piece of artwork in one hour, followed by a live auction. This year, artists are offering their works up in an online auction, with 50% of the sales going to support art in the schools.

QuickDraw proceeds fund the lion’s share of art supplies in Haywood County public schools.

“As an art teacher, I dealt with a lot of kids on the high school level that were failing on other subjects, but were amazing on their art projects,” said Jo Ridge Kelley, oil painter and former art teacher. “Those art experiences were able to lift them up to a state of mind where they could excel, and actually pass and graduate. Sometimes sports can do that, but not everybody is cut out to be an athlete. The art world serves a lot of creative and out of the box thinkers.”

QuickDraw shoppers help art education by buying or bidding on one-of-a-kind art pieces, purchasing unique fine art décor and fashion pieces by local artisans.

Supporters can bid, buy and donate at wnc-quick-draw.myshopify.com.

Auction bidding closes at midnight on June 30.

For more information, visit QuickDraw’s website at QuickDrawofWNC.com or call 828-734-5747.