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Students create art to help those suffering in Japan

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GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL) -- Two eastern Iowa students are using their talents to help those suffering in Japan.

Sarah Day, a junior at Grundy Center High School, and Joseph Gast, a freshman at UNI are creating original art work and putting the items up for sale, giving all the money they receive to the International Red Cross.

It was an idea, born out of a compliment. Day and Gast had created a piece of art work and someone said it was so good they should sell it. Now they have created around a dozen paintings and all of them are up for sale.

"We kind of thought maybe we could do this and then we started just painting a little bit and advertising a little and then it just got bigger and bigger," said Day.

They are hoping their art work and their project go viral, to gain a big audience to help their cause.

"We decided to put up a blog and add pictures of our paintings and have people bid on them," said Gast.

Bidding on the paintings began on Monday and they have already gotten a big response.

"On some of the bigger paintings we've had up to $100 bid and some of them are increasing about $25 every couple of hours," said Gast.

Some of their friends and fellow students have been offering small donations to help pay for supplies.

"We've purchased all of the art supplies like the canvases, the paints, all with our own money so it's nice to see some people wanting to chip in a little bit to help out," said Day.

In the end they hope to make a difference, one piece of art at a time.

"At first it was kind of like, oh this will be a nice way to spend my spring break. It will keep me from being bored or it will make me feel good but then pretty soon when people started getting more and more interested and people started bidding. That's when I got the idea like wow, we might have something big here," said Day.

If you would like to bid on their art work you can go to their website at shadesofrelief.blogspot.com.

Bidding on some items will wrap up this weekend, but others will be added daily.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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