River Gallery School holding benefit auction Saturday

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BRATTLEBORO — The River Gallery School Benefit Auction begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, as the school, celebrating its 44th year of of supporting artmaking for all, welcomes the public into its home at 32 Main St. and the new expanded Main Street Studio and Gallery 34. All proceeds benefit the school's programs, including extensive scholarships and outreach programming.

The studios will be transformed from the usual daily function of art classes for kids, teens and adults to an event venue offering crafts, gift certificates, and donations from local vendors up for bid. Local and global getaways ranging from an African photo safari to a stay in a lovely Boston brownstone will be awaiting bids. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available, and there will be surprise pop-up door prizes to keep the excitement high.

A raffle drawing will also be part of the evening's

festivities. Tickets are being sold for a chance to win your choice of a beautiful wool rug from Candle in the Night, a semester to an River Gallery School class, and a Lydia Thomson original oil painting (on view Amy's Bakery).

The growing list of generous donations from artisans and merchants can be previewed at the rivergalleryschool.org, and raffle and event tickets are available online or by calling the school at 802-257-1577. The RGS Main Street window is now previewing some of the items up for bid and will be up until Friday. The school's River Gallery School's popular 'Clothesline Postcard Show and Sale' will be hung for the month of November as well.

Various areas of bid-on objects will be closed consecutively beginning at 7 p.m. and the 3 raffle winners will be picked at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up the event.

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