What: heART Silent Auction

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20

Where: Feat of Clay Gallery, 107 S. Main St. in Aztec

Cost: Answer goes here.

Information: Call Lona Warne at 505-320-5634 or email lona1207@yahoo.com.

Donate: To donate items for the silent auction, call Lona Warne at 505-320-5634.

FARMINGTON — Artists from the Four Corners have donated artwork for a silent auction to benefit the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

PEO provides loans and scholarships to women for higher education.

Lona Warne, a member of Feat of Clay Gallery co-op and of PEO, organized the silent auction. Warne said Feat of Clay has a fundraiser every year to benefit a good cause. Every member of the co-op donates art for the events.

Last year, Warne suggested that the silent auction benefit PEO. She said the auction was a huge success and was the co-op's largest silent auction. Seventy items were sold, raising $2,400 for scholarships.

Warne got involved with PEO in the '70s she attended Cottey College for Women in Nevada, Mo., which is owned by the PEO sisterhood. PEO was founded in 1869 by seven women. The organization later went on to open Cottey College in the early 1900s.

She said that while the three Farmington chapters of PEO prefer that the scholarship recipients attend San Juan College, they do not specify where the women have to attend school or what they have to use the money for. The scholarships and loans differ in amounts. Warne said the money can be used to pay for books or gas money. More than 90,000 women in the U.S. and Canada have received aid from PEO since its founding.

"We like to give scholarships to local women," Warne said.

Last year, PEO gave five local women scholarships.

Warne said it is important for organizations like PEO to give money to women for educational purposes because it's harder for women to find money to go to college.

"Women have the distinction of putting their families first and their education second," Warne said.

Warne said the arts community has been supportive and generous. Local ceramic artists Fiona Clark and Don Ellis went to their friends asking for donations. PEO also provided items for the auction, including gift baskets and baked goods. Bruce and Marj Black, the owners of Kokopelli Cave Bed and Breakfast, donated a night at their unique bed and breakfast that is excavated into sandstone.

"It's a great way to obtain a really awesome painting or piece of art at a great price," Warne said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.