Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts hosts Guest Artist Gala

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Wa­ter­color paint­ings cre­ated by An­drea Ver­not of Chop­tank Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and artist Les­ley Giles.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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