Dorchester Center for the Arts hosts Guest Artist Gala
CAMBRIDGE — Community leaders and professional artists teamed up to support Dorchester Center for the Arts at the 10th annual Guest Artist Gala on Saturday, April 22.
This year, the gala featured seven teams, each with a professional artist guiding a community leader through the creative process, under the theme “Monet’s Garden.” Mediums featured were painting,
digital photography, paint toss, clay and glazes, and jewelry.
Jermaine Anderson of Liv Again worked with Deborah Haynes on a painting; Robin Marie Burton of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce worked with Fran Saunders in digital photography; Kathy Clark of 1880 Bank worked with Kathy Flement on a paint toss piece; Marlene Lashuk of the DCA Board of Directors worked with Theresa Knight McFadden to create a serving platter and bowls from clay; Jack Saum, also of the DCA Board of Directors, worked with David Grafton on an oil painting; Anastasia Spear worked with Linda Starling to create jewelry; and Andrea Vernot of Choptank Communications worked with Lesley Giles on a watercolor painting.
More than two dozen silent auction items were donated by local businesses, and the artwork created by the teams was sold at the live auction.
“It’s important that we have fundraising events in order to keep the classes and programs affordable, for all ages,” said DCA executive director Barb Seese.
The live auction also featured a “Fund-A-Need” portion, which raised enough money to provide summer camp scholarships for 26 children. For the past few years, DCA has made an extra effort to raise funds for summer camp scholarships, with the hope that no child will miss out on the program for lack of a scholarship.
“This is an opportunity to make a difference for something very concrete,” said Seese. “26 children now have a half-day program scholarship available to them at no cost. That was an enormous, extra success.”
Also donated were several floral arrangements crafted by the Dorchester Garden Club. The club created floral interpretations of artist Claude Monet’s house, in keeping with the theme of the evening, and they were sold in a raffle. Seese said the club went the extra mile and created spectacular arrangements.
In addition to floral arrangements, décor was provided by patients of the Eastern Shore Hospital in the form of a tree created with recycled materials.
“We wanted to feel like this was a larger celebration of the arts,” said Seese. “While the focus was on these guest artist teams as the stars, the evening is a celebration of the arts in a broader sense. Highlighting some of the other people in the community who are creating art, from the patients at the Eastern Shore Hospital to the floral designers, that all still counts.”
Watercolor paintings created by Andrea Vernot of Choptank Communications and artist Lesley Giles.
The Dorchester Garden Club donated several carefully crafted floral arrangements inspired by the home of artist Claude Monet, fitting with the evening’s theme of “Monet’s Garden.” This piece was put together by Kay Karminski and Mary Slacum.