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November 13, 2011 - ArtReach putting ART back in pARTy!

What: Kickoff for Dine & D'art event

Where: Artwork Network

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $30

Co-Chair(s): Lark Katchur and Joe McCormack

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Welcome: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Speaker: Lark Katchur and Joe McCormack; artist Eric Matelski

Catering: Footers

Sponsors: Sprint, Archer Design, Frame de art, Footers Catering

Menu: Candied fig and Mascarpone crostinis, chicken and sun dried tomato wontons, curried lamb meatballs, firecracker shrimp rolls, Chanterelle mushroom and sage risotto cake, street taco station with beef Barbacoa, grilled striped bass and peach salsa and portabella mushrooms and three herb pesto

Attire: come as you are

Event Coordinator: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Board of Directors: Cindy Bell, President; Jean Bashong, Treasurer; Denise Seery, Secretary; Adriene Callahan, Nancy Cole, Kevin Fonk, Ellen Gysin, Cindy Hayes, Alexandra Hoy, Eric Matelski, Joe McCormack, Terry Nelson, Noelle Riccardella; Ex Officio: Molly Ross

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Co-chairs of this season's Dine & D'Art: Lark Katchur and Joe McCormack
Co-chairs of this season's Dine & D'Art: Lark Katchur and Joe McCormack

When artist Eric Matelski talked to the guests at the kickoff party for this season's Dine & D'Art, his comments resonanted with everyone who supports ArtReach. He talked about working with at-risk kids (meaning not much of a home, no safe environment and no support system) and being able to collaborate on projects and bond through creativity and partnership. "They teach us that through art, prosperity can conquer adversity," he said. And isn't this what ArtReach is all about?

Attendees were able to peruse artworks that will be available at the 2012 Dine & D'Art, which will be here before you know it on February 4, 2012. The soiree was held this year at the Artwork Network, and that's what it was--a chance to network, catch up with friends, watch artists at work and remember the mission of ArtReach.

ArtReach was established in 1974 and is a charitable organization serving arts, cultural and human service organizations. ArtReach is there to ensure that people of all ages who struggle with physical, mental, behavioral or severe economic challenges have an opportunity to experience art and culture.

ArtReach works with area schools, member agencies, cultural facilities, numerous foundations and supporters to bring the arts into the lives of children, young adults and seniors. With the assistance of over 350 organizations they are able to give the gift of the arts to 70,000 people every year in our community.

Remember: Dine & D'Art is February 4, 2012. Nominiations are being accepted for the Ginger Merelli Special Event award. Do your part to see that art can conquer adversity. For more information, log on to

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