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February 04, 2012 - ArtReach: A Rush of Creativity

What: ArtReach annual event--Dine & D’art

Where: Mile High Station

When: Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $400 per couple Participant Ticket. $125 Spectator Ticket

Beneficiary: ArtReach Denver

Honoree(s): Daphyne Reiff for the Ginger-Merelli Special Event Volunteer Award

Gala Chairperson(s): Lark Katchur and Joe McCormack

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Committee Members: Carol Dawson, Cindy Hayes, Karla Johnson-Grimes, Christine Kennedy, Scott Kennedy, Daniel Kraig, Eric Matelski, Tricia Miller, Jamie Neuhart, Denise Seery and Ryta Sondergard

Staff: Sarah Gulinska, Sarah Dempster, Karye Wilhelm and Nick Brushaber

Catering: Footers

Music: Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

Sponsors: Eric Phillips with Archer Design, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cimarex and F.H. Merelli, Frame de Art II, Fred and Jana Bartlit, Merrick & Company, Sprint Denver and Steven and Ryta Sondergard

Auctioneer: Rick Rolph

Menu: Passed hors d'oeuvres: Boursin cheese and pistachio truffles, sesame crusted seared ahi tuna nachos, bacon wrapped dates, stuffed with smoked almond and bleu cheese, buffalo mozzarella, pear tomatoes and fresh basil skewered and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Main Course: 4 oz grilled beef medallions served with cherry, cranberry and sage chicken roulade, chicken breast stuffed with cranberry and oven roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled vegetable bundles, grilled seasonal vegetables tied with lLeek. Footers' mMini desserts: cheesecake lollipops, French macaroons, chocolate mousse cups decorated with white and red theme

Attendance: 200

Board of Directors: President- Cindy Bell, President Elect- Joe McCormack, Treasurer-Jean Bushong, Secretary-Denise Seery


 ArtReach campers Eddie Rose and Akshum Mahan
ArtReach campers Eddie Rose and Akshum Mahan

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
-Pablo Picasso

 
By 6:30 pm. on Saturday the 4th of February, the sun had set and the scene outside of Mile High Station in the heart of Denver was one of stark black and white beauty, as snow still covered the ground from the recent storm. By contrast, inside what was once the Midwest Steel and Ironworks building was more like a modern day Toulouse-Lautrec painting, with men in tuxedos and woman in their finest gowns. A jazz quartet from Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts added to the eclectic ambiance.
 
ArtReach supporters had ample opportunity to mingle, imbibe and peruse the wide variety of artwork on the mezzanine floor at Mile High Station before ArtReach Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes called everyone to take their seats for an exquisite meal prepared by Footers Catering.
 
During the meal, Board President Cindy Bell rose to the microphone and thanked everyone for coming and supporting ArtReach. Executive Director Karla Johnson Grimes took the opportunity to present Daphyne Reiff with the Ginger Merelli Special Event Award that honors a special event volunteer whose leadership, commitment, creativity and passion for volunteering have made a long-term and indelible impact on a nonprofit organization.
 
The floor was then handed over to auctioneer Rick Rolph, whose fast paced fun delivery helped raise more than $10,000 between auction items and a paddle auction that will give many more disadvantaged children the experience of going to Camp ArtReach.
 
The cap and name sake of the evening, the art D'art was held upstairs and presided over by ArtReach staff member Karye Wilhelm. ArtReach made sure that the number of artworks equaled the number of couples who had registered, the rub being that each entrant's number was picked at random so they needed to dash to get their favored piece. The process included a lot of excited shouts and some pretty good hustling through the crowd but in the end everyone took home not only a piece of art but the knowledge that they had shared the world of art with others.
 
For almost 30 years, ArtReach Denver has worked to fulfill its mission to "change lives through the arts" by providing access to arts and cultural experiences for under served and at-risk people. 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 49,000 individuals and families in our community have the opportunity to experience the arts.
 
ArtReach programs include:
 
  • The Community Tickets program, which distributes donated tickets to cultural, community, sports and arts events to individuals in various communities.
  • ArtsExpress--Through the generosity of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, ArtReach is able to provide funding for transportation to and from cultural events.
  • In-Facility Programming focuses on providing human service organizations with the resources needed to help their clients learn a variety of art disciplines from professional artists through hands on workshops and live arts performances.
  • Camp ArtReach awards scholarships to selected member agencies with a special child in need of a week-long arts camp experience. For many children ArtReach provides their only opportunity to experience visual and performing arts. These experiences provide at-risk individuals with a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem and a desire to connect with their community.

 

 

 

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