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OPS art auction fetches $7,500

‘Albert Styron’s Store’ by Karen Rhodes received the highest bid at the OPS art auction on Saturday. Photo by Peter Vankevich

The Ocracoke Preservation Society’s “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes” Art Auction keeps getting better.

This year’s event on Jan. 27 raised $7,500 for this steward of island history, said OPS Administrator Andrea Powers.

The fundraiser, held every January, features small works donated by local artists of all levels and media and Ocracoke fans far and wide.

Powers said 96 pieces of small art were donated to this winter fundraiser.

A piece by islander Karen Rhodes, “Albert Styron Store,” got the highest bid at $600.

Eight Ocracoke School students donated work, the total of which earned $355.

Those students were Daymon Esham, Iris Trejo, Becky Boos, Kenzie Novak, Jesi Franklin, Mariah Temple and Jordan Novak.  Last year, Esham’s piece garnered the highest bid of the evening.