From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Art sale to raise funds for City Arts Center
City Arts Center kicks off Cafe City Arts, its 18th annual celebration, fundraiser and art sale, at 7 tonight at the center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. at State Fair Park. Café City Arts features artwork by local and regional artists and food from some of the metro area’s best and newest restaurants.
“This year’s theme is ‘Café Go,’ a vibrant, kinetic event designed to stir your senses with images, color, food and fun,” said Mary Ann Prior, City Arts Center Executive Director. “For more than 15 years, this fundraiser has enabled free, year-round visual arts exhibits to be available to the public. The City Arts Center is an integral part of this city. Our hope is that this fundraiser allows us to be around for many more years.”
The mission of City Arts Center is to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. It is a contemporary community school of the arts, offering visual and creative performance classes year round.
Oklahoma City artists featuring their work at Cafe City Arts include Harolyn Long, Brandon Reese, Michi Susan, Eric Wright, Bert Seabourn, J. Michelle Martin-Coyne and many more. Food will come from local restaurants such as Stella, West and Ludivine.
The fundraiser benefits the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery at City Arts Center. Patrons may purchase artwork by local and regional artists, who will then donate 50 percent of their sales to City Arts Center. Although the celebration takes place tonight, the fundraiser lasts through Feb. 12.
“The City Arts Center does a beautiful thing each year by hosting this amazing event,” said Robert Painter, who is general manager of the Iguana Lounge and this year’s event chairman. “City Arts Center is truly an Oklahoma City cultural treasure. I am deeply honored to be the event’s chair this year, and I hope the event will expand and deepen our city’s appreciation of the arts. We want people to think of art as exciting, accessible and exceptionally local.”
Tickets for the event are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.cityartscenter.org or call 951-0000.