Art enriches our lives in subtle but important ways. But keeping the arts alive almost always has been a struggle.

This week, Yarmouth Arts — a nonprofit formed in 2000 to support the local arts — will hold its spring online auction to benefit an art scholarship fund at Yarmouth High School. The scholarship is for a graduating senior who plans to pursue an arts education.

Helping the next generation of artists is important to Yarmouth Arts co-founder and retired Yarmouth High School arts teacher Annie Tarbox. She is donating two of her own works to be auctioned.

Tarbox, who taught art for 22 years before retiring six years ago, said she was inspired to be an artist by her high school arts teacher.

“I stayed in touch with him after I started teaching myself,” she said. “I still see him once in a while. I hope I was the kind of teacher to inspire kids the way he inspired me.”

One of her students, Bonnie Faulkner, now operates Heron Point Gallery in Portland’s Old Port, and she is donating a fused-glass necklace to the auction.

Other items include pottery, photographs and paintings.

All of the money raised by the auction will benefit the scholarship fund.

The auction items will be on display at the Yarmouth Frame Shop on Route 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and online at eBay’s fundraising arm, MissionFish.org. Simply enter “Yarmouth Arts” in the Mission Fish search bar to find the Yarmouth Arts auction.

Yarmouth Arts also is involved in other projects in the area, including monthly “Evening With the Artist” events, an ongoing program to place permanent works of art in Yarmouth’s public spaces and publishing a directory of art and culture contacts in the area.

Community enrichment is ultimately what it’s all about. The group said its mission is to encourage creativity in its broadest sense, sharing arts and cultural experiences to bring the community closer together.

Yarmouth Arts meets the first Friday of every month. For more information, visit yarmoutharts.org.

Don Perkins is a freelance writer who lives in Raymond. He can be reached at:

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