There’s no better way to support the arts than buying art – and if you have a chance to double the effect of your purchase by also supporting arts education – well, you become something of a philanthropist.

But – you say – most “school arts sales” are crap, and most arts education fund raisers raise funds for fund raisers. You say, pooh, I will keep my small change and keep change small.

False! And false assumptions. Buckman Elementary, a public school of smallish children in inner southeast Portland, has an integrated arts curriculum which orients students to the importance of the arts and the ability to make art, see art, and appreciate art.

Buckman’s annual art sale is managed by volunteers and rewards both the contributing artists, and the school.

The 17th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell runs on Friday, March 16, 2007, 5:00 to 9:00 PM, and Saturday, March 17, 2007, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The school is located at the at 320 SE 16th Avenue.

Artists showing include Jane Aukshunas, Bruce Orr (think of the SCRAP mural), Michelle Ramin, Diane Archer, glass artist Kurumi Conley, Painter Jamee Linton (her work is shown here), mixed media artist Nim Xuto – and dozens of others.