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      WIU art students host Yart Sale

      Proceeds from the event go to support the artists and their supplies.

      Western Illinois University art students had a chance Friday to showcase their art.

      The art department hosted its annual Yart Sale.

      Art was available to buy for $20 or less.

      Students like junior Ellen Bukvich think being able to showcase her work is an important part of promoting the arts.

      "We've really had a lack of funding and lack of students in the last couple of years, as the whole university has been losing students in the last couple of years because of just the way the economy is," said Bukvich. "But the art department seems like the first to go every time. But we're still going strong, and we're still producing great art, and I hope people keep supporting us."

      Proceeds from the event go to support the artists and their supplies.

      "It's always a great opportunity anytime you get a chance to show your art," Bukvich said. "It's free publicity. Normally art shows, you have to pay like an entry fee to get in to, so to be able to show your work for free is really great."