"Thank you!" Released by the OPSU Art Department on 03/10/2014 Goodwell, Okla. — It was standing room only this past Friday night at the Pickle Creek Event Center as big band sounds permeated the space. With over 300 in attendance, the Paul Farrell Memorial Art Auction was underway. Bidders were treated to the sweet sounds of Insufficient Funds with Chuck Alexander as well as an amazing prime rib dinner prepared by the great folks at Hunny's BBQ. The evening was exciting with artwork by students, faculty, and alumni of OPSU auctioned for a great cause. The music, the food, the laughter and the fun created a great environment for the crowd as auctioneer Mike Gatlin led the charge to help raise just over $16,000 for the event.
Guests arrived at 6 p.m. to a social hour and the opportunity to examine 48 works of art donated by the OPSU faculty, students and alumni. The mediums were greatly varied at this year's auction such as drawings, watercolors, paintings, sculptures, and pastels. The bidding was intense at times and patrons walked out the door with what was stated to be the best presentation of art in the 14 years of holding the auction.
Paul Farrell was a Guymon resident who worked many years with Phillips Petroleum and worked as an artist in his spare time. After his retirement, Paul was diagnosed with cancer in one of his eyes which caused the loss of vision in that eye. He enrolled in classes at Oklahoma Panhandle State University to help him recover the loss of his depth perception. It was in that short time that Paul made a lasting impression on the students in the department and at his passing, the students proposed the auction as a way to memorialize his dedication to arts education. His wife, Margie Farrell, was in attendance again this year showing her support for the students at OPSU.
The auction provides funding to scholarships at OPSU in the form of awards and scholarships. The Paul Farrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Endangered Student Awards are funded with 50 percent of the proceeds going directly into these. The Endangered Student Scholarship helps students who are threatened with dropping out of college due to financial concerns. The endangered students are nominated by the faculty. The Paul Farrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship is available to students majoring in art at OPSU through the OPSU Foundation.
Student artists represented this year were: Zinnia Perriera, Tammy Clark, Sage Kinsey, Joshua Hogge, Kaede O'Hair, Jordan Long, Whitney Wilson, Maria Rosas, Karina Franco, Rachel Helms, Dustyn Murphey, Eric Maille, Katelyn Meyer, Brenton Kirkhart, Brooke Smith, and Stephanie Boley. Alumni represented were: Alex Gregory, Darrel Manis, Hector Cobos-Leon, Charles Frisby, Katy Tuttle, Ana Cardenas, Pegrin Sircy, Mandy Gregory, Clay Jackson, Hannah Harrington, Jessica Merry, and Shea Meyer. OPSU Faculty donors included: J. Bryon Test, Yvonne Sangster, David Elder, Larry Wiggins, Matthew Carter, and Brent Shoulders.
The OPSU Art Department would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors, attendees, and patrons for another successful year. This event cannot happen without them all and their dedication is greatly appreciated.