NECA Art Exhibition and Charity Auction
Date: May 6. tickets
Cost: $15.00
Doors open: 4pm
Silent Auction: 4 – 6pm
Live Auction: 6 – 7pm
Live performances and cash bar throughout the evening


CLAREMONT — The art room at New England Classical Academy is one of the noisiest classrooms at the school right now, full of hammering, smashing and sanding. Fortunately it’s all part of the preparations for the upcoming charity art auction “Springtime in Paris,” to be held at the Claremont Opera House on Saturday, May 6. The event will feature artwork by students and local artists, a silent and live auction, a cash bar and light refreshments and music selections by NECA students and staff. This benefit for the school will celebrate the art work created by the students as well as raise funds for the school’s annual fund and art program.

Donations from local artists, families and supporters of the school include paintings, carved wood sculptures, photography and other objects of art. Local artists who donated pieces for the live auction include sculptor Ernest Montenegro, printmaker Nancy Wightman, the estate of watercolor/oil painter Mildred Davison, woodworker Stanley Dole, mixed media artist Angie Follensbee-Hall and sculptor Randy Adams. NECA students are also creating original art work as class projects for people to bid on which will include painted furniture, mosaic work, repurposed children’s furniture and multimedia collages.

New England Classical Academy is a private classical school for grades Pre-K through 12th grade that occupies the former St. Mary’s school in Claremont. Now in its ninth year, the school has a strong arts curriculum of visual art, drama and music for all grades. Where many schools are seeing a decline in arts programing, NECA offers the arts as a core subject. “The arts are part of the academic dialogue, supporting the literature, history, math and science curriculum of classical education.” says Heidi Fagan, headmaster. “Learning to appreciate art, and understand its relevance in our human experience is a critical part of our curriculum. The students deepen that appreciation through creating art which develops the imagination and provides an outlet for expression through creation.” Drama club annual productions, music presentations and monthly assemblies of poetry and recitation, as well as art history and practical arts classes, all contribute to the classical education.

Tickets for the “Springtime in Paris” Art Exhibit and Charity Auction are $15 and are on sale at the Claremont Opera House, the Cornish General Store or during school hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the NECA Office http://newenglandclassicalacademy.com (School hours begin April 24) Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beverage. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the evening will start with live performances of music and poetry and a silent auction from 4 to 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available during this time. The live charity auction starts at 6 pm. Doors close at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to see some of the art available for bidding, visit the Auction Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandClassicalAcademy.  Credit: Press Release Eagle Times 4/20/17