Planning is underway for the 2022 Driftless Area Art Festival, September 17-18 at Soldiers Grove. And in anticipation, the festival committee is bringing back an old favourite, the pre-festival spring gala. Scheduled for Thursday, June 2, it will be held at the Gays Mills Community Commerce Center.
“Gala proceeds go to support the annual festival,” said Lori Bekkum, Festival Coordinator, “and the evening brings together so many friends of the arts. It’s always been a fun event and it’s time to bring it back.
Event co-chairs Sharon Lind and Clinton Hardesty promise fun, great music and culinary delights from Dani Lind and Rooted Spoon. Features of the evening include a silent auction of 40 pieces by professional artists, a live auction of special events, a raffle and the live auction of blue ribbon artwork from KidsArt winners at the Arts festival 2019.
Proceeds from the KidsArt auction will go towards art programs at the winning students’ schools. The annual auction, started in 2010, has raised over $15,000 for school art programs. “We want to do everything we can to support and encourage art in schools,” said Jane Holzhauer, co-chair of the KidsArt program, a regular favorite with festival-goers. This year’s Youth Art tent will host the KidsArt and Teen Art exhibits, featuring artwork from schools across the Driftless region, as well as a creative zone for painting, sculpting and face painting.
Gala tickets, $35 each, are available at various locations in Gays Mills, Prairie du Chien and Soldiers Grove.
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