Jeffrey Bird, left, Lauren Deihl, and Roberta Bird, all of Financial Concepts, hold the winner’s statute for their entry in the Virgin Valley Artists Association contest “These Shoes weren’t meant for walking” that raised $755 for student scholarships. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Jeffrey Bird, left, Lauren Deihl, and Roberta Bird, all of Financial Concepts, hold the winner’s statute for their entry in the Virgin Valley Artists Association contest “These Shoes weren’t meant for walking” that raised $755 for student scholarships. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Some were wearable, others were objet D’art. But all of the entries in the “These shoes weren’t meant for walking” contest and auction served to raise money for scholarships to local students.

With the Virgin Valley Artists Association (VVAA) sponsoring the contest at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, the auction was held Thursday, Jan. 21 during the Gallery’s monthly artist reception garnering $755 for the Association’s scholarship fund.

Financial Concepts won the judged contest with shoes decorated around a Monopoly game board depicting the business’s theme. Other entries also highlighted organizations like Coldwell Banker and the Mesquite Showgirls.

Shoes decorated by We Care for Animals generated vigorous bidding during the auction ending with an $85 bid.

Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant organizers decorated their shoes with lots of bling and zing resulting in a $100 winning bid.

The most expensive shoes were decorated by the Mesquite Local News topping out with a $150 bid.

VVAA provided a simple pair of sneakers free of charge to businesses or organizations that wanted to try their hand at artful adornment worthy of winning a coveted prize package and the public’s adoration.

Also during the evening, the VVAA announced the winners of the January art exhibit “Winter Wonderland.” Lance Barr won the Sponsor’s Choice award while Floyd Johnson won the coveted People’s Choice award with his “Gathering Storm” art piece.

VVAA operates the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery through member volunteer efforts, with their original art displayed in the gallery and offered for sale. The organization also sponsors adult art classes, operates a full-service pottery studio, and sponsors a series of free art classes for school-age children and free monthly classes for seniors. The VVAA art education program and community art projects have been recognized by Nevada Arts Council and NEA Art Works as outstanding community programs, deserving of state and federal funding. Numerous local businesses and individuals support to the organization through their generous donations and sponsorships.

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite Nevada, open

Monday through Saturday, 10a-4pm. Call 702-346-1338 or visit the VVAA website