More than 220 people attended Pelham Art Center's Studio Cafe fundraiser on Saturday, November 3 at the Art Center. Attendees purchased $20,000 in art, taking advantage of an amazing collecting opportunity that featured mid career and emerging artists. A robust silent auction and additional donations made for a very successful night.

The night began with VIP entry at 6:00PM featuring an art preview/early buying opportunity with prosecco and passed hors d'oeuvres. Beverage sponsors included Diner Brew Cider made in Mt Vernon, Forty Ounce wine (the sustainable wine from the Loire Valley) and Tanteo tequila cocktails.

There was a special sale of 25 works on 1x1’ wood panels by artists Cey Adams, Alexi Rutsch-Brock, Bob Clyatt, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Katharine Dufault, Kate Fauvell, Musa Hixson, Sara Jimenez, Satish Joshi, Anki King, Barry Mason, Christina Massey, Rick Midler, Michael Mut, Christina Nicodema, Arlene Rush, Isabelle Schneider, Scott Seabolt, Susan Sass, and more.

The party continued with live music by jazz guitarist Dan Haedicke and vocals by Sarah Rayani. This contemporary duo combined classic jazz with a contemporary twist with covers plus some old school hip hop. DJ Dick at Nite – aka Dick Burroughs the Brooklyn based Writer, DJ, Curator, and TV Personality -- spun funky tunes to keep the party hopping.

More than 25 local restaurants provided their signature foods including culinary spreads from the following: AJs, Alvin and Friends, B&Bs, Bangkok City, Caffé Regatta, Cantina Lobos, DeCiccos, Elia Taverna, Encore Bistro, Fleetwood Pastries, Flowerbake by Angela, La Fontanella, J Café, La Parisienne Manor Market, Modern Restaurant, Pelham Pizza, Pelville Coffee and Pastry, Prime 16, Provisions Bakery, Rock and Ramen, Rockwells, Sakura, Sergios, Stan’s, Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, The Bread Factory, and Villaggios.

The online art auction was facilitated using Paddle8. The collection included works by Ellen Ball, Marylyn Dintenfass, Shepard Fairey, Patricia Fabricant, Charles Fazzino, Heather Fazzino, Frank Guida, Satish Joshi, David Kramer, Betty Tompkins, and more. Collectors unable to attend the party were still able to purchase art online to support the Art Center.

Party goers were able to see art in progress highlighting our Art Center teaching artists. A live model posed for teachers Zafiro Acevedo, Frank Guida, and Donna Ross. They used a variety of mediums to render artwork; these works were sold during the event.

Many thanks to Co chairs Amy Todd Middleton and Paula McKeever and the host committee including Michelle Acosta, Christina Battalia, Aileen Dose, Katharine Dufault, Sing Duffy, Diane Essig, Charles Fazzino, Katy Garry, Orin Kurland, Vincent Perugini, Victoria Rolett, Alexi Rutsch-Brock, Liza Schaeffer, and KD Wilson.

Pelham Art Center Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin described the event as a “spectacular house party for the Pelham Art Center. It was an energetic, lively party and I can’t wait until next year.”

This event was generously supported by Meridian Risk Management and The Cincinnati Insurance Company, in partnership sponsors Bischof & Bischof LLP., McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty, and the Berkowitz Marrone Team.

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