Art Comes to Life at Gathering d’Arts
The Beverly Arts Center (BAC) and Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) come together to present a new fundraiser, Gatherings d’Arts, Sat., June 15, 6 p.m. at the BAC, 2407 W. 111th St. A VIP reception will start at 5 p.m. The event will feature the opportunity to interact with artists as they work on pieces that will be auctioned to art lovers that evening.
Proceeds from Gatherings d’Arts will support the promotion of local artists through the BAC and CAVA, a not-for-profit organization committed to fostering the talents of Chicago-area artists age 50 or older, and to provide scholarships at the BAC.
Gathering d’Arts attendees will spend the early part of the evening visiting with participating artists as they create, learning more about each artist’s creative process, watching as the works of art come to life and deciding which of the works they would want to take home. At the end of the evening, guests will enjoy the fun of bidding on the masterpieces they’ve witnessed being created.
Live music from guitarist Allen Bishop, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres are also being offered. Most of the participating artists specialize in acrylic painting.
International talent will be on display with Gathering d’Arts painters hailing from Australia, Mexico, France, and right here in Chicago. Artists showcasing their skills at the event include Shefali Khanna, Kurt Mitchell, Lucienne Scanlon, Kathie Huddleston, Marcus Alleyne, Turtel Onli, Susan Flanagan, Patrick Thompson, Erik Sorenson, Jim Pryzdia, Jeremy James, Tia Etu, Sara Peak Convery, Stephanie Bieniek, Margaret Johnson, Christian Thompson, Chava Mancera, Kendall Hill, Amy Roach, Didier Nolet, Nicholas Decker, Karen Duffy, Susan Bennett, Colette Wright Adams, Dorothy Mason, Lily Johnston, Richard Pociask, Vicky Tesmer, Jen N. Jessen Lunt, Kathleen King, Sarah Kayode, Andrew Pace, Sue Wrzesinski, Carole Kaufman, Gloria Nehf, Robin J. Carlson, Rolanda Hudson, Fiona Craig, Joseph Baranski, and Greg Mejia.
Also participating are members from Project Onward, an organization that supports the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness, and provides these artists with workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets to sell their work and advance their careers. Project Onward artists showcased at the event will be Elizabeth Barren, Ruby Bradford, Michael Hopkins, Michael Bryant, and Fernando Ramirez.
Tickets to Gatherings d’Arts are $60 for VIP or $50 general admission. Tickets/info: 773-445-3838 or beverlyartcenter.org