Fundraising for the high school's art department, the show will take place on Saturday, April 14.

COURTESY PHOTO: NATALIA BERMEJO - FGHS student Autumn Henson will have her
 painting on display at the event.Forest Grove High School seniors Natalia Bermejo and Itchel Gaona are putting a creative twist on their senior project this spring.

Both students of the high school's art department, Bermejo and Gaona will be hosting an art show on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., free and open to the public at the Forest Grove City Auditorium located at 1915 Main Street.

What started as just an idea for students and staff to showcase their artwork for the community, has now become a fundraiser for the school's art department as well, Bermejo said. There will be various raffle prizes at the event, and the proceeds from the raffle tickets will go to purchasing art supplies for the department as well as helping cover the art program fee for students, she said.

"I've been in the art program all four years, and there were times that my family wasn't financially able to pay the fee," Bermejo said. "I wanted something to help (those students) out, because if students can't pay the fee, they won't be able to have the same opportunities as others in class."

The fundraiser is running from Monday, April 9, through Saturday's event, where around 30 pieces of art from students and staff members will be on display.

The art pieces include paintings, clay sculptures, photography and wood sculptures.COURTESY PHOTO: NATALIA BERMEJO - FGHS student Brenda Ramirez' colored pencil drawing will be displayed.

Bermejo hopes the event will help introduce some students and community members to a program they may not have been previously aware of.

"People don't often talk about the art program, it's always sports," she said. "I really wanted to get the school involved in something other than that."

Bermejo said she envisioned doing something with art for her senior project, but that the plan for an art show has really evolved. COURTESY PHOTO: NATALIA BERMEJO - Along with paintings, clay pieces, like that of student Rebeca Garfias, will be displayed at the event.

"At first I was thinking of just making a mural, but I felt like it wouldn't be enough for me to just paint something for myself or for someone else," she said. "If I was going to do a project with art, it had to involve everyone."

A night filled with art from all different mediums, Bermejo and Gaona have spent a lot of time planning for the event. While admission is free, donations are welcome.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misstated the address of the event. The correct location has been updated.

By Olivia Singer
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