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May 17, 2007 - Art lovers are coming together to help ArtReach

What: Art benefit for ages 3 years old to adults

Where: The Ravens Nest Art Center

When: Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Time: 5 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $25 per person until May 16th, $35 per person at the door

Beneficiary: Art students from numerous Denver Metro schools

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Staff: Tricia Schmuki - Director of Development; David Ricciardi - Director of Finance; Sarah Voss - Tickets Coordinator; Erin Anderson - Donor/Membership Coordinator

Entertainment: Mistura Fina

Sponsors: Cimarex Energy, Kelly Ramona, Amy Ostrander, Frame de Art II, Austin Executive Coaching, Steamworks Brewing, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Raven’s Nest Gallery, Barbara Reasoner, Tami Lack, and Joe McCormack

Menu: Chips/salsa, guacamole, tamales, cheese trays, margaritas

Attendance: 75

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: All the local artists in the Denver Metro area

Donors: Asian Film festival, Pasquinni's Restaurant, Lodo Restaurant, Comcast

Event Coordinator: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Board of Directors: President--Barbara Reasoner; President Elect--Tami Lack, Third Way Center; Secretary--Lorenzo Chavez, City of Lakewood; Directors--Cindy Bell, Lockton Companies; Adriene Callahan, Manning & Co.; Nancy Cole, URS Corporation; Marc Cutilletta, Smith Barney; Ellen Gysin, U.S. Bank; Judy Hagler, Translations Gallery; Nancy Hopper, Accessories Plus Design, Inc.; Rita McCoy, 9 to 5; Terry Nelson, Denver Public Library; Noelle Riccardella, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber Schreck; Molly Ross, Community Volunteer; Deborah Trout, Ph.D., Colorado DHS; David Vessey, Donna Vessey Entertainment; Connie Wyckoff, Wells Fargo Bank

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 From left - Lorenzo Chavez, Jo Schantz - Senior Development Officer with the Griffith Center for Children and Joe McCormack - Marketing Director with ArtReach.
From left - Lorenzo Chavez, Jo Schantz - Senior Development Officer with the Griffith Center for Children and Joe McCormack - Marketing Director with ArtReach.

Thursday night, May 17, was the night for the young artists of Denver to shine as ArtReach hosted their art benefit to showcase these unique works. 

The walls at the Ravens Nest Art Center were filled with imaginations and creativity of the children who are putting their talents to work. There were over 100 pieces of art that included everything from photographs, drawings, paintings and even masks that these young talented artists showed off.

To add to the art show there was also a sampling of margaritas, salsas and homemade guacamoles that were voted on for color, flavor and creative ingredients. The group Mistura Fina added to the atmosphere with jazz, blues and some modern music. Between the music and the margaritas, this made for some fun dancing.

The auction included such goodies as dinner certificates to Lodo Restaurant Group, Asian film festival, Pasquini's Restaurant and Comcast. The night could not have been better.

This event brought artists and the community together and introduced some future artists as well. ArtReach provides access to life-changing arts and cultural experience to people of all ages in need. ArtReach is the only organization in the Denver area that exists to ensure people of all ages who struggle with physical, mental, behavioral or severe economic challenges have an opportunity to experience arts and culture.

Every year ArtReach programs ensure that more than 70,000 individuals and families in our community have the opportunity to experience the arts. For more information on ArtReach you can check out their website at or call 303-433-2882.

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