Watauga Education Foundation Art Auction and Golf Classic!

Bob Timberlake, Joe Miller, Richard Tumbleston! These are but a few of the artists who have created one-of-a-kind creations for the 1st annual Shooting Stars Benefit Art Auction, to be held Friday, May 15, at Hound Ears Club. The pieces, along with donated artwork created by students and will be sold to the highest bidders to raise money for the Watauga Education Foundation.

“The auction seemed like a natural progression of the visual arts portion of the Shooting Stars,” said Executive Director Melanie Bullard. “We are helping the students experience the real world scenario of what it is like to see their creations sold. To be in the company of such renowned artists is an especially exciting time.”

Each professional artist was asked to create a work of art from a chalkboard. “We have some really whimsical and fun pieces,” said Cynthia Fox, Shooting Stars Visual Arts Producer. Gayle Weitz carved a pair of glasses from her board, while Joe Miller created a signature watercolor that is stunning. Timberlake and Tumbleston left room on their boards for people to use them as actual chalkboards. “We are simply in awe of the generosity of these local artists, she said.”

Several Watauga County Schools art teachers also created chalkboard art or had their classes do the creating. “This is art for your home you won’t find anywhere else,” added Fox.

We are extremely grateful to Tim Miller at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery,” added Bullard. “Tim donated all the framing for the student artwork and many of the professional pieces. We couldn’t have done this without his expertise and I encourage everyone in this community to think of Blowing Rock Frameworks first, when you have framing needs.”

Cullie Tarleton has agreed to be the auctioneer for the event, so we are bound to have a fun time. “I hope that anyone who is interested in art, and supporting education, will come out and enjoy a great evening, said Fox. “It’s a chance to celebrate our local talent, get a great piece of art and kick-off the summer season.”

Tickets for the auction, which begins Friday, May 15 at 6:00 are on sale now for $35. This includes dinner and wine.

The Foundation is also hosting the first annual Shooting Stars Golf Classic at Hound Ears on May 15 and tickets to the tournament include the auction.

For More information contact Melanie Bullard at 828-268-1273 or by email at executivedirector@wefnc.org.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Watauga Education Foundation has allocated more than $600,000 in funding to supplement state and local education budgets, providing WCS students with innovative programs, teachers with scholarships and the community with a strong partnership for education.

To learn more about the Watauga Education Foundation and how you can get involved, please visit our website at www.wefnc.org.

Shooting Stars Golf Classic
Benefiting the Watauga Education Foundation

What: 1st annual Season Opening Golf Classic and Live Art Auction

Where: Hound Ears Club

When: Friday, May 15th (rain date Monday May 18th), 12:00 arrive and 1:30 shotgun start

Why: To fund grants for Watauga County Students and Teachers and to have a Great Time!

Format: Two (2) Person Team Scramble (Captain’s Choice). Teams will be handicapped. Come as a team, or come as an individual and we will put you on a team.

Donation: $175 per player –Includes lunch, golf, beverages, dinner (including beer and wine), admission to the Shooting Stars Art Auction,* and lots of prizes.


  • $25,000 cash for hole-in-one prize (your personal economic stimulus package!)
  • Drawing for TWO tickets to the PGA Tour Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, MN August 16, 2009
  • Other fun stuff: trophies and awards for longest drive, shortest drive, longest putt, team winners, best score, worst score and more!

Contact: John Hastings – 828.265.9534 or hastings@goboone.net

Tickets available from John; at Hound Ears Golf Club; or from any Watauga Education Foundation Board Member.

*Tickets for dinner and the Art Auction only are available separately, for $35..