Feast Your Eyes!

By Arts Fund SB on Jan 07, 2015 in Press
Community Art Show Featuring 234 Local Artists

Tony & Barbara Askew, Brad nack

Feast Your Eyes

11-18 December 2014                                                                       by LYNDA MILLNER, MONTECITO JOURNAL

The SB Arts Fund just keeps getting bigger and better.  They were in the Funk Zone before it was the Funk Zone.  Their latest soirée was a showing of 232 emerging and established local artistss who had an 11 x 14-inch canvas to work on furnished by the Arts Fund.  There was a VIP reception whose attendees got first crack at buying the artwork, each priced at $300.  

The remaining ticket holders arrived at 6pm to choose their favorites among the paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, and assemblage.  There were 300 tickets sold.  Among the viewers were honorary chairs Tony and Barbara Askew.  As executive director Brad Nack said, "Their dedication to the arts and education embodies the spirit of our mission to help develop and appreciate our local artists."

Tony was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award for his constant contributions to our arts community.  "We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Tony Askew, an acclaimed artist printmaker and charismatic teacher who always finds time in his busy schedule to encourage and mentor other artists," said Catey Dunkley, event chair.  He has served on the Westmont College faculty for 25 years.  

The Arts Fund gang is a wonder at transforming their parking lot into a party lot - this time strung with twinkling lights above and music by Soul Biscuit below with cocktail tables, wine, and a pizza oven turning out yummy treats.  A silent auction added to the fundraising.

Gary Elkins is board president, with vice president Nancy Gifford by his side.  Working with Dunkley were Shirley Dettmann, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Dorbe Holden, Joanne Holderman, Ashley Hollister, Diane McQuarie, Kyle Slattery, Kai Tepper, Anastasia Tharp, Mary Whalen, and program director Marcello Ricci.  There's a long list of sponsors and volunteers to be thanked as well.

For more than 30 years, The Arts Fund has been an incubator for emerging artists in our county.  It is a premier, non-profit Community Gallery, showcasing the work of artists of all ages and backgrounds.  If you'd like to help, call 965-7321.  They're located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street.