The ArtParty was held as a virtual fundraiser last year, and while they still raised $ 20,000 for the Anton Art Center in downtown Mount Clemens, it just wasn’t the same.
On September 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., it returns as the party everyone will remember – and since it’s already its 30th year – it promises to be the best ever.
“There will be a lot of food to try,” said Phil Gilchrist, general manager of the Anton Art Center, referring to the Flavor Festival portion of Flavor by Macomb of the fundraiser that supports the program at the Art Center. “We have 22 different restaurants on the way.”
Each September, community and art center members gather together with civic leaders, business owners, art lovers, and more for the annual fundraiser that supports the center’s mission to enrich and inspire people of all ages through art.
Tickets are $ 75.
These include an evening outdoors with fun and friendly conversation and the traditional silent auction with a variety of unique arts, crafts and other valuable items to bid on. These items are often donated by renowned community artists or local businesses. The bidding on the silent auction items is already running online.
The entertainment at ArtParty includes live music, which not only provides a beautiful backdrop for the get-together, but also provides an opportunity to dance the night away. The party will take place in the parking lot next to the Anton Art Center – which is open exclusively for a private after-hour for ArtParty visitors.
In addition to the art market, guests of the Art Center have the opportunity to see “Dreamscape”, an exhibition on the first floor showing the works of Luzhen Qiu and Cathy Jacobs. On the second floor, in the Petitpren Community Gallery, the annual Artists’ Choice Members Show is shown.
“After such a long year of adapting to the pandemic, we look forward to returning to face-to-face events,” Gilchrist said. “The Art Party is a great event that so many are looking forward to. It supports the arts and the Anton Art Center, but it’s also a great time with great people. “
Of course, a good party is not complete without food and refreshments and at this event – the Taste of Macomb – the party is taken to a whole new level. Each restaurant or caterer, and there will be dozens of them present, will serve their typical dishes.
ArtParty guests will enjoy strolling through the tents and sampling from each restaurant and caterer and are encouraged to vote for the best dish and presentation, which will be given out at the end of the evening. In addition to the large selection of starters and dishes, admission to the fundraiser includes free drinks for the evening, which is hosted by the bar sponsor Orleans Sports Café.
The First State Bank, which acts as the presenting sponsor of the 30th annual ArtParty, plays a decisive role in the success of the night. Also noteworthy is the Honorary Committee of ArtParty 2021, including: Gebran and Suzanne Anton, Jinny Curatolo, KC Curatolo, Denise Anton David and Rick David, Dr. Julie Dichtel, Gerry and Laura Fournier, Mary Anne and Gene Gargaro, Gene Lovell, Terri North, Larry Powe and Mary Heston-Powe, Macomb County Treasurers Larry Rocco and Linda and Jim Sawyer. Oakland University also sponsored The Wandering Sinner, Gerry and Laura Fournier as entertainment sponsor, Crest Lincoln as decor sponsor, and Printing by Johnson as printer sponsor.
“It really is a great party,” said Gilchrist.
To purchase tickets, visit theartcenter.org/artparty or call 586-469-8666.
The ArtParty on Thursday will take place in an open-air party tent next to the Anton Art Center at Macomb Place 125 in Mount Clemens. The Anton Art Center will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection rates and will follow appropriate precautionary measures recommended by the relevant health authorities.
More information is available at www.theartcenter.org.