An outstanding party! At 7:30, on Saturday, Nov. 4th Pelham Art Center’s popular Studio Café was already buzzing with guests. The soft sounds of live jazz emanated from the large gallery as the artists from EYE, the live painting performance group, got to work painting wall-mounted canvases, auctioned that evening. Wine flowed, plates were filled to groaning. The crowd bid on original art donated by exhibiting artists offered at a fraction of their value, as well as special non-art auction items.
Thanks to Studio Café Chair, Jennifer Hawks Bland; Diane Essig who coordinating the restaurant donations; Paula McKeever, the genius decorator who transformed the Art Center for the evening; Kay Garry and Earl Cavanah; and the wonderful Committee, Alexa Kazim, Christina Battalia and Lisa Koonce. Thanks too, to Pelham Art Center’s Board of Directors and all the auction donors.
Pelham Art Center was deeply gratified by the delicious and generous entrees donated by 27 Westchester restaurants. It was a truly extraordinary selection of local culinary excellence. The business community was supportive and caring. A special thank you to McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty as the event’s Gold Sponsor. The Art Center would not be what it is without the generosity of its artist donors who give of their beautiful talent and time to help raise money to support the arts.
Thank you to all the guests and donors who attended, had fun, AND did so much good by supporting the arts.
Proceeds from Studio Café will enrich the entire community with free exhibitions, performances, workshops and events; art scholarships for all ages; after-school art programs in underserved communities; and free folk arts cultural experiences for everyone.
Photos by Barry Mason