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February 20, 2010 - ArtReach Dine & D'art .. On the Run Again

What: Second Annual ArtReach Dine & D'art

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Patron Tickets-$400 per couple, Spectator Tickets-$125 per person

Beneficiary: Underserved and at-risk people of all ages

Honoree(s): Adam Lerner, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Chief Animator in the Department of Structures and Fictions and Jack & Rita Shuster

Honorary Chairperson(s): Mary Caulkins

Co-Chair(s): Nancy Cole, Marc Cutilletta, Karye Wilhelm

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

President(s): Marc Cutilletta

Staff: Karla Johnson-Grimes, Tricia Schmuki, Sarah Gulinska, Nick Brushaber, and Karye Wilhelm

Catering: Denver Museum of Nature & Science Catering & Event Services

Entertainment: The Mudra Dance Studio and the D'art festivities

Sponsors: Delta Construction Inc, Egg & Dart Ltd, Sprint Press Denver, ABC Custom Framing, Wine Source of Colorado, Cimarex, Denver Magazine, Pura Vida, Wells Fargo, Sam's No.3, Mercedes-Benz of Littleton, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Quote of the evening: "We have faith that this room is full of angels tonight" from a speech from Award recipients Jack & Rita Shuster as read by Sarah Gulinska

Menu: Tropical island buffet of tropical salads, tilapia filets with fresh berry relish, Caribbean jerk seasoned chicken breasts with mango salsa, allspice and butter roasted sweet potatoes, wild rice pilaf, cinnamon and citrus glazed baby carrots, key lime pie, roasted pineapple plantain and bread pudding with chocolate sauce drizzle

Attendance: 300

Attire: Black Tie and Tennis Shoes

Special Thanks: To Donating Artists- Abecedarian Gallery, Mario Acevedo, Art by Nemo, Peggy Atkinson, Kyle Banister, Amy Barone, Duke Beardsley, Errol Beauchamp, Timothea Biermann, Jim Brock, Tonia Bonnell, Pattie Byron, Jim Caragher, Eli Cash, Katherine Chick, Rosa Chick, Kang Cho, Todd Clough, Shane Coffey, Joey Coloroso, Brian Comber, Lucia De Giovanni, Divine Quilting Divas, Catherine Dixon, Macy Dorf, Dr. George Dorry of Noble Elegance Studio, Michele Edwards, Josh Ellis, Dan Ericson AKA DUNN “the signtologist”, Sharon Feder, Julie Federico, Chase Ryan Goll, Chris Guarino, Eric Halborg, Deidre Hardin, Julie Harris, Eric Anthony Hinds, Katie Hoffman, Shelley Howard, Homare Ikeada, Alyson Khan, Lynda Knowles, Cal Johnson, Joroko, Lamecia Landrum, Daniel Lowenstein, Eric Matelski, Laurie Maves, Linda McFarland, Audrey McNamera, Robert Melton, Eddie Mize, Tadd Moskal, Jennifer Mosquera, Odyssey Art Works, Tony Ortega, Judy Patti, John Plessinger, Scott Ramsay, Brad Ramsey, Kay Ray, Barbara Reasoner, Todd Reid, Teresa Roberts Logan, Douglas Rouse, Pedro Saldarriaga, Agnes Sanchez, Victor Sanchez, Chris Schrank, Janey Skeer, Susan Smith, Surface Designs, Heather Thomas of Wild Heather, Sean Thompson, Eric Buckner Winfield, Rick Winkler, Ray Young-Chu, Bruce Zander, Ed Zorensky, Jim Jeffery


Donors: Dr. Sam and Betty Emmanuel, Tammy Emmanuel, Ira Frosch, Joan Gregerson, John and Carolee Hayes, Jim Jeffery, Ray and Catherine Petros, Dean Prina, M.D., Jane Seymour

Decor/Rental Company: table decorations were provided by the creative fifth graders of Coyote Hill Elementary and their art teacher, Mr. Hay

Board of Directors: President-Elect: Nancy Cole, Treasurer: Jean Bushong, Secretary: Cindy Bell, Voradel Carey, Adriene Callahan, Cindy Hayes, Ellen Gysin, Kevin Fonk, Noelle Riccardella, Terry Nelson, Alexandra Hoy, and Molly Ross

Steering Committee: Event Committee: Cindy Bell, Jean Bushong, Carol Dawson, Ellen Gysin, Cindy Hayes, Alexandra Hoy, Karla Johnson-Grimes, Christine Kennedy, Carrie Loeffler, Joseph McCormack, Tina McKeever, Eric Matelski, Jamie Neuhart, Ronda Phillips, Dean Prina, M.D., Terry Nelson, Denise Seery, Tricia Schmuki, Molly Ross, Barbara Reasoner

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

 Sheri McPhail (l) with Leif Hojem and Tammy Emmanuel at the ArtReach Dine & D'art
Sheri McPhail (l) with Leif Hojem and Tammy Emmanuel at the ArtReach Dine & D'art

At most elegant black tie events, the ladies are divinely glamourous in their gowns and dresses and the gentleman are quite dashing in their tuxes and suits. And like all traditional black tie galas and events, it was indeed an elegant evening at the ArtReach Dine & D'art. The only exception to this black tie event, was that most of the guests were wearing tennis shoes! But even then, the tennis shoes were quite snazzy and even "dressed up" as some were hand-painted with artistic designs.

Guests came dressed for an elegant and festive evening at the Second Annual ArtReach Dine & D'art, held on Saturday, February 20,  at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The atrium at the museum was filled with anticipation during the cocktail hour as guests looked over the many original and exceptional art works on display. There were many unique pieces which included paintings of all mediums, photography, quilts, ceramics, sculptures and eclectic mixed media pieces. It was going to be a tough decision in choosing ones favorite piece later in the evening... when it was time to D'art, but the artists were on hand to mingle with the crowd and talk art. 

Dancers from The Mudra Dance Studio led guests into the dining area and performed on stage as everyone found their tables and seats. After a buffet dinner of tropical delights, provided by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Catering & Event Services, the evening program got underway. Speaking to the guests were ArtReach President Marc Cutilletta who, after thanking all of the supporters and sponsors, offered a beautiful flower bouquet to Executive Director  Karla Johnson-Grimes in appreciation for her dedication to the organization. Karla then announced this year's winners of the 2010 Ginger Merelli Award, given to Jack & Rita Shuster. Accepting the beautiful glass sculptured award on their behalf was Sarah Gulinska, Programs Director with ArtReach. Sarah read a touching sentiment written by the Shusters expressing their appreciation and commitment to the ArtReach programs. Also speaking briefly was Honorary Chair, Mary Caulkins and Jefferson H.S. student Anastasia Lawrence who is part of the ArtReach Youth Program. 

Marc Cutilletta then took the stage again to introduce the 2010 ArtStar Award Honoree, Adam Lerner. Adam, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver expressed his appreciation  and was quite honored to be chosen as the 2010 ArtStar.  Adam Lerner was the founder and Executive Director of The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar until The Lab merged with the MCA Denver in March 2009. He was the Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum from 2001 to 2003 and he was the Curator of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore before coming to Colorado. 

Denver's favorite auctioneer, Gary Corbett helped wrap up the dinner program with a live auction,  which was followed by the highlight of the evening, the D'art for art. ArtReach Event Co-Chair Karye Wilhelm invited the now energized guests to return to the art display in the atrium and quickly went over the rules. The basic rules for D'art-ing were that each of the participants names were drawn at random, every 20 seconds and that person then had 20 seconds to dash ... or D'art through the crowd and place their name on their favorite piece of art. Should their favorite artwork be taken already, they would need to dart off to another. Once the guest had claimed their prize, they became the proud owner of a new museum quality piece of art.  

In the end, guests happily took home a fabulous new work of art with a great story of how they D'arted  for their prized work of art,  the artists were beaming with pride as they posed next to the new owners who will proudly display their work and through the dedicated mission of ArtReach, many, many lives will be transformed by the wonderful, imaginative world of art. One might want to start polishing up those running shoes for next years D'art.

ArtReach was founded 35 years ago to bring the arts to underserved populations in the Denver area.  The mission of ArtReach is to "change lives through the arts" by providing access to arts and cultural experiences for underserved and at-risk people of all ages.

ArtReach 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. They have reached 2.7 million to date.

To learn more about ArtReach and their programs or to find out how you can get involved, please visit

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