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Gateway Arts Hosts Annual Fundraiser

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This painting by Donna Johnson will be auctioned at A Taste of Gateway.

On Saturday, April 2, Gateway Arts will host its annual fundraiser A Taste of Gateway, in the Gateway Arts studios from 5 – 8pm.  You’re invited to join in celebrating careers in art by enjoying an hors d’oeuvres buffet by Ethnica Catering, a beer and wine tasting, live and silent auctions, and live music from Babydriver.

Tickets to the event are available for $175 (includes a complimentary artwork) and $75 (for the event only). With the purchase of a $175 ticket you will choose, at random, an unmarked envelope containing an image of a piece of artwork from the gallery exhibition. The image is attached to a lanyard and worn on display as a necklace. You may not love the piece of work picked but Gateway’s art swap is sure to help get your favorite piece. Wearing the necklace with your chosen image initiates the art swap. If you see a piece of artwork that you like ask to see if your fellow Gateway supporter would like to “swap” your artwork for theirs. Everyone walks away happy with a piece of original artwork valued up to $400 that they can take right off the gallery walls.

When asked what a career in the arts means to her, Gateway Artist Colleen McFarland says, “Art is the one thing in life I know how to do. Art is my only form of survival in this crazy, challenging world, and I find it has the greatest effect on me when I am at my most passionate. I’m still wondering if it has helped balance me because sometimes it does make me really emotional, but it has been worth the effort.”

Colleen’s writings echo the thoughts of many of the artists working in the Gateway studios. The experience of art making, similar to those described by Colleen, solidify the importance of our studio environment and expanding opportunities for artists with disabilities. Your ticket to A Taste of Gateway supports careers for over 100 local artists. Gateway Arts is grateful for lead sponsor Steward Healthcare as well as Blick Art Materials, Chobee Hoy Associates, and Graham Waste Services for their corporate sponsorships of A Taste of Gateway 2016.

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