Saturday, November 23rd marks the 6th annual Gift of Art Fundraiser to support the Josephy Center’s Youth Art Programs.This year we’ve added a fun family day where kids can get their faces painted, try the cupcake walk, bid at a kids’ auction table, play games, sip hot chocolate and create personalized art to give away as holiday gifts. As part of the fundraiser, you can purchase participation tickets for one or all of the creative“art stations” including– clay ornaments, jewelry making, painting, printmaking and more. Tickets are $1 each and most stations cost 1-5 tickets, depending on the craft. In the spirit of giving the gift of art, there will be a place to drop off new art supplies, which will be distributed to needy families just before Christmas. This fun-filled family event starts at 10:00 and ends at 4:00 with the announcement of the youth art auction winners.
Just after 4:00, we’ll put away the crafts and bring out the appetizers and wine to kick off the Silent Art Auction, where adults can bid on art from their favorite local artists including: Leslie LeViner, Mike Koloski, Ted Juve, Pam Beach, Nancy Clarke, and more. Bidding is open all day and winners will be announced at 6pm. (Winners do not need to be in attendance to win.) If you happen to miss the event but still want to give the gift of art to someone you love, visit our Art Shop, open 12-4, Monday–Saturday or purchase the art on display until December 20th.
Youth programs depend heavily on fundraising dollars to be able to keep class fees low and pay for things like quality art instruction, art supplies, scholarships and student internships. Funds raised during this event will pay for Friday Youth Art classes, a new “Mommy and Me”class, Building Healthy Families’ After-School Programming at three schools and Alternative Education Classes. New programs for families and youth will be offered after the New Year.
Whether your child makes a holiday card to give to grandma or you go home with a one of a kind ceramic mug to give to your sister, participating in this fundraiser is a wonderful way to support local artists and youth programing while also getting some amazing gifts for the holidays.If you are an artist or have art work that you would like to contribute, please contact Megan Wolfe at email@example.com or call (541) 432-0505.