Mid Winter Gala benefits Arts Council | SteamboatToday.com

Mid Winter Gala benefits Arts Council

— For the first year, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will provide four gallery sites for the Mid Winter Gallery Gala.

The Arts Council presents the fourth annual gala at 6 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the various art programs and entities among the nonprofit organization.

For three years the Arts Council hosted only three different locations where art enthusiasts would go to appreciate art and enjoy a catered meal. Now, the organization has retained another site because of an increase in the number of people contributing financially.

“It’s grown enough and the event has matured,” said Nancy Kramer, Arts Council executive director. “We want it to be comfortable and take a little bit of strain off the other sites.”

Those people wanting to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Arts Council will begin Saturday night with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Depot Art Center. A little after 7 p.m. they will travel to four various art galleries to eat a catered dinner provided by local businesses.

After dinner they will travel back to the Depot at about 8:30 p.m.for more drinks and dancing by the Steamboat Springs Jazz Quartet.

Mad Creek Gallery, Two Rivers Gallery, Chase Oriental Rug Co. and Ampersand Studios are the locations for the evening of food and art.

Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Yacht Club, Cottonwood Grill and Giovanni’s will provide the catered food at a different gallery with the Sheraton providing dessert and Tapas/Mediterranean Grill providing the hors d’oeuvres.

“We have surrounded people in an art environment with different styles,” Kramer said of the unique setting of each gallery.

Tricia Howard, Two Rivers Gallery director, said this is the second year the gallery has participated and she thinks it’s a great idea.

“We’re happy to be a part of something that promotes art in the community,” Howard said. “We just donate the space and time, (Arts Council) volunteers take care of the setup.”

Howard said the idea is not to sell art that hangs on each gallery’s walls but to promote an appreciation and continuous support for all genres of art.

Each venue also will provide entertainment We’re Not Clowns at Ampersand, guitarist Terry Koch at Two Rivers, belly dancer Cassiopia and drum ensemble Kanni Ko! at Chase Oriental Rug Co. and violinist Bob Yang at Mad Creek.

Kramer said when the Arts Council was beginning to expand its programs, the board concluded a large fund-raiser during the winter would provide the perfect opportunity.

“We really want to engage the public more with the arts community,” Kramer said. “This way they can work directly with artists in a gallery environment.”

For the first year of the event, Kramer implied things were a little unsettling the day of the event. But much has changed since then and it will only continue to become more organized in the years to come.

Hors d’oeuvres were at an off-site location and Kramer said people weren’t as willing to venture out to galleries as she had hoped.

Only four years later, local businesses are donating drinks, food and door prizes for the Arts Council supporters.

Each ticket will have a number to be chosen periodically throughout the night.

Kramer said Art in the Park is the Arts Council’s largest program and Cabaret is the largest fund-raiser. The Mid Winter Gallery Gala is considered a special event.

Last year the Arts Council benefited with $5,200 being raised and this year’s goal is to raise $7,500.

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