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Paddle art sales push for community support

July 19, 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Art students at Indiana University Kokomo are making a difference in the community – one paddle at a time.

Day of ChangeDay of Change auction. View more pictures on Flickr.

These students recently put their talent to work to support the local "Day of Change", a fund raiser for community organizations that provide a variety of services including housing, domestic violence victims, and school supplies to low income children.

Five students and two faculty members created decorated boat paddles, which were among 40 auctioned to raise more than $2,000. The money will help 10 Howard County not-for-profit organizations fulfill their missions. Paddles made by the IU Kokomo artists brought in nearly $200.

Student Cortney Jo Brown spent four days creating her paddle, including carving a moon in it and painting on several layers of paint.

"I was really excited for the opportunity to let people see my work, and it is helping a good cause," she said. "This is a good way for me to give back to the community."

Susan Skoczen, lecturer in fine arts, took the paddle given to her and ripped it down the middle with a saw, then cut smaller pieces. She reassembled the paddle, making three-dimensional sculpture out of it, calling it "Deconstructed Paddle."

Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, recent graduate Tarja Harney, and students Erin Beane, Cat Bolinger, and Katy Lewis also had paddles in the auction.

Bolinger's paddle was given to the Family Service Association as the prize for winning the boat race, which was the main event at the fund raiser. Lewis' paddle was given away as a promotional prize.

Skoczen enjoyed learning about area organizations while making her paddle

"It was a nice way to take a break from my regular work," she said. "I had never heard of some of these organizations. I'm glad to be able to use my talents to help them."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/21/2014