"Ali," charcoal on paper by Gary Roberts

"Ali," charcoal on paper by Gary Roberts, is among the entries in this year's 12X12 scholarship fundraiser of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Only a few days are left for silent bidding on artwork for this year's 12X12 scholarship fundraiser of the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. The art is on display in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Anyone may silently bid on the pieces. Bidding will continue until Saturday evening, July 16.

At 6 p.m. that evening, pieces that have no silent auction bids (minimum $250) are available for purchase for $100. Unsold art will be awarded as raffle items, with tickets available at the event. Texas State Rep. Travis Clardy is scheduled to be the evening's master of ceremonies and will announce the winners of the art pieces. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12X12, call The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-6557.