DCA’s Guest Artist Gala set for Sat­ur­day

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CAM­BRIDGE — The 10th an­nual Guest Artist Gala at the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts will be held Sat­ur­day, April 22, in Cam­bridge.

“Monet’s Gar­den” will bloom in the sec­ond floor Ge­orge B. Todd Per­for­mance Hall at the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat­ur­day April 22, for an en­ter­tain­ing evening of art and mu­sic, din­ing and danc­ing, plus live and si­lent auc­tions. Ad­mis­sion is $65 per per­son for DCA mem­bers and $75 for non-mem­bers. Pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit DCA ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and ser­vices. The gala is spon­sored by 1880 Bank.

This year’s par­tic­i­pants are guest artists Jer­maine An­der­son, Robin Bur­ton, Kathy Clark, Mar­lene Lashuk, Jack Saum, Anas­ta­sia Spear and An­drea Ver­not as well as the ded­i­cated artist coaches Kathy Fla­ment, Lesley Giles, David Grafton, Deb­o­rah Haynes, Theresa McFad­den, Linda Star­ling and Fran Saun­ders.

Mem­bers of the Dorch­ester County Gar­den Club have vol­un­teered to de­sign pieces to be the key decor at the Artist Gala.

In keep­ing with the theme “Monet’s Gar­den”, each team will cre­ate their own in­ter­pre­tive de­sign. In ad­di­tion to adding beauty to the per­for­mance hall, th­ese ar­range­ments will be avail­able in the si­lent auc­tion.

DCA would like to ex­tend their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the fol­low­ing the de­sign teams: Jeanne Bernard and Martha Keat­ing; Judy Slaugh­ter and Linda Rossi; Sandy Lu­cas and Lynne Davis; Donna Dun­lap and Su­san Mid­dle­ton; Faye Phillips and Karen Cartwright; Kay Karmin­ski and Mary Slacum.

The Guest Artist teams are deep in work cre­at­ing their piece for the evening’s live auc­tion. Sev­eral of the teams will share their ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the evening. The premise of the guest artist event is that com­mu­nity lead­ers, who are not per­ceived as artists, are se­lected to be “Guest Artists” and then paired with lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als in the arts.

The medium used will vary from year to year, based on each pro­fes­sional artist’s area of ex­per­tise — from paint­ing, mixed me­dia, and ce­ram­ics to jew­elry, pho­tog­ra­phy, and more. Work­ing to­gether, and coached by the pro­fes­sional, the com­mu­nity leader cre­ates a work of art. The artists and guest artists are given sev­eral weeks to cre­ate the work, to al­low for busy sched­ules and the con­ve­nience of all in­volved.

The pieces cre­ated are then auc­tioned off at the “black tie ad­mired, not re­quired” gala. This year’s theme is “Monet’s Gar­den”. Claude Monet was a founder of French Im­pres­sion­ist paint­ing, and lived in the vil­lage of Giverny, France for 43 years.

In keep­ing with the theme, ar­range­ments de­signed by mem­bers of the Dorch­ester Gar­den Club will be fea­tured in the event dé­cor. Th­ese flo­ral artists will cre­ate in­ter­pre­tive de­signs in­spired by Monet’s home, the green­shut­tered house in Giverny sur­rounded by abun­dant gar­dens, and each ar­range­ment will fea­ture a green shut­ter.

As an ad­di­tional bonus, th­ese works of flo­ral art will be avail­able in the si­lent auc­tion. The Dorch­ester Gar­den Club has stated that their par­tic­i­pa­tion is in tan­dem with the Goals and Ob­jec­tives of the Na­tional Gar­den Club — par­tic­u­larly their ob­jec­tive of com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach. Ad­di­tional green­ery will be pro­vided cour­tesy of Mow­bray’s Gar­den Cen­ter and the pa­tient artists at the Eastern Shore Hospi­tal Cen­ter.

Si­lent auc­tion items will in­clude gen­er­ously do­nated items and ser­vices from lo­cal busi­nesses, as well as orig­i­nal art, cus­tom gift bas­kets, and more. For every­one’s danc­ing plea­sure, Rich and the Road­run­ners with spe­cial guest Daryl Davis will pro­vide the evening’s live mu­sic.

Reser­va­tions for the Guest Artist Gala may be made by call­ing Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts at 410-228-7782 or stop by at 321 High Street in Cam­bridge.


Photo cre­ated by Guest Artist Robin Bur­ton, of the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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