Celebrity Art Auction

U.P. celebrities are using their artistic talents to help raise money for the U.P. Children’s Museum.

The museum is holding its ninth annual Celebrity Art Auction Thursday night.

It features a diverse collection from more than 30 people who are not artists in their day jobs, including WBUP/WBKP anchor and News Director Cynthia Thompson.

Children’s Museum director Nheena Weyer Ittner says the celebrities have created some very unique things, and some of them have particular skills such as cooking or music that they’re placing up for bids.

The auction usually draws about 200 people to the museum.

Beverages will be served, along with food from Border Grill and a chocolate fountain from Saykylly’s.

Weyer Ittner says the auction is the museum’s biggest regularly-scheduled fundraiser of the year, and it raised about $13,000 last year.

The doors at the Children’s Museum open at 5:30 Thursday night for viewing of the items, and the bidding starts at 7:00.

Admission is free.