Lisa King and Ginny Prince view some of the 50 artworks for sale at the recent "12 x 12" exibition and fund-raiser sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. The event raised over $5,000 for the SFA School of Art student scholarships.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts has announced that their recent "12 x 12" fund-raiser brought in over $5,000, which will be used for scholarships benefiting SFA visual arts students.

"We are very excited about the event's success," said Sandy Massey, president of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. "We exceeded last year's efforts by over a $1,000, and are grateful to the artists who created the works as well as the community members who purchased the pieces."

In preparation for "12 x 12," over 50 artists, including SFA alumni, faculty members and graduate students, a well as nationally known and community artists, created original artworks on 12-inch-square art boards that were then displayed anonymously at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

Interested buyers could purchase any of the pieces for $250 during the week-long exhibition, or they could wait until the closing night when all unsold works would be available for $100 on a first-come, first served basis.

"This fund-raiser is growing each year," said Christian Cutler, SFA director of galleries. "East Texans can look forward to the 2011 event and the opportunity to own an original work of art for only $100."