“Sweethearts for the Arts” to help fund Art on Wheels in a dreamlike setting, with lots of your sweet tooth and heart to enjoy
“Sweethearts for the Arts” is an annual fundraiser benefiting Art on Wheels. This year’s theme is “Garden of Earthly Delights” inspired by the eerie, surreal early 16th century painting by artist Hieronymous Bosch.
The venue will be decorated to model this fantastical painting turning the space into a giant magical garden. The event will be held Saturday February 7th, 8pm at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association.
“It’s a lot of fun, everybody has a great time we have a lot of people that come every year. There’s a great list of performers from the Richmond Burlesque Revue and it’s hosted by Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside,” said Kevin Orlosky, Art on Wheels, Director of Programs. “We just throw a really fun party. We will have a raffle and silent auction there’s some art included in there, part of what makes it so fun is the atmosphere that we create”.
Art on Wheels, the Richmond based therapeutic-arts program who brings art to those in the community that can’t easily access it, will be the benficiary of the Sweethearts for the Arts event.
The group has four main focuses: Aging in the Arts (working with senior citizens), Arts and Disability (working with adults with various disabilities, from cognitive to physical), Healing in the Arts (working with cancer patients and survivors), and Community Art Projects.
The Community Art Projects is “arts for the community, by the community”.
They recently set up at the Folk Festival this past fall and, judging from their creativity, I imagine they throw a good party.
“One of our most recent community art projects was a giant bike-powered zoetrope at the folk festival, it is a pre-cinema form of animation cylinder that is thin and if you look in the cylinder it sort of creates the illusion of stop-motion as the frames spin and go around,” said Orlosky. “We had people help power the animation while we had the black and white version and anybody could come up and ride the bicycles that powered the zoetrope and exhibited the final color version at a later exhibit”.
The goal of this fundraiser is to benefit their general programming in giving art to the community of Richmond. They host several events and fundraisers each year but “Sweethearts for the Arts” is by far their biggest and most extravagant annual event.
Themes for the event are always artistic and historical.
“Last year’s theme was Midnight in Montmarte, a sort of turn of the century arts district in Paris,” said Orlosky.
There will be games, a photo booth, silent auction, burlesque dancers, a raffle, dreamlike decorations, AND… a costume contest!
Guests are encouraged to dress to the theme, somewhere in the realm of Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss. The best dressed to match the theme will win a prize.
Refreshments include a full cash bar and local restaurants sampling sweets and treats. Tickets are available on their website for $35. Get them here (and soon) because they go fast!
Come dressed up like a magical nymph and prance around the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights,’ all the while helping Art on Wheels to fund their general programming to make art possible for those that have less access to it in the community.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00pm – 11:30pm
Lewis Ginter Recreation Association
3421 Hawthorne Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23227
Off-street parking is available next to the venue.
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