Avery Arts Council hosts Big Night Out
Avery Arts Council vice president Rebecca Warner has announced plans for the organization's annual summer bash, a highlight of the season and the major source of funds for arts programming in Avery County.
Warner, who is chairwoman of the fundraising committee, said, "For the past several years, we've invited our friends and patrons to the Mountain Palette Gala, a lovely dinner and auction. This year, we're changing things up a bit, with more activities to engage our guests.
"We will host a wine tasting of very special vintages, and there will be a whole tent of casino gaming. Gamers can turn in their winnings for chances on glamorous raffle items, including resort stays and custom jewelry. There will be live music for the dancing crowd, and lots of hors d'oeuvres to keep us from getting hungry. Really, it's turned into such a big party, we're billing it our Big Night Out."
Posters and promotional material for the Big Night Out feature the lively artwork of Giselle Wiseman.
"We told Giselle what were were planning," Warner said, "and she drew this happy, romantic couple who are clearly enjoying themselves. We loved them instantly." Wiseman, whose paintings of fluid dancers and shapely wine glasses are frequently seen in High Country settings, knew right away how to set the mood. An earlier work of hers was used as the poster for the Blue Ridge Wine Festival.
"I have enjoyed attending and donating art to the Mountain Palette Arts Gala for years," Wiseman said, "and I'm really looking forward to this new Big Night Out."
Wiseman will be donating proceeds of the sale of her Big Night Out painting to the Avery Arts Council. Warner also gratefully acknowledges the support of Dianne Davant and Associates, who are once again helping to make the event possible.
The Big Night Out takes place on Saturday, July 17, from 6-10 p.m., at the Art Cellar Gallery, 920 Shawneehaw Ave. (N.C. 184), in Banner Elk. Tickets are $100 per person, which provides guests with 20 coupons to exchange for tastings of exclusive and rare wines, and with $20,000 of "fun money" for the gaming tables.
To purchase tickets, call the Avery County Arts Council at (828) 898-4292 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Raffle tickets can be purchased prior to and during the event. For a complete list of raffle items, visit the Arts Council website at http://www.averycountyartscouncil.org.