Party ARTy for ArtReach

An Artful Evening in Del Mar Benefiting the ArtReach Access to Art Program

September 25, 2016 — Del Mar: On Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4 to 7 PM, ArtReach will host Party ARTy in a stunning Del Mar home. Now in year four, Party ARTy for ArtReach celebrates connecting students at schools throughout San Diego County with artists and visual arts instruction.

Proceeds from the event benefit the ArtReach Access to Art Program that is the centerpiece of the ArtReach mission:  to take artist-led free or very low cost visual arts education programs into K-6 schools that would otherwise have none.

Since 2008, the ArtReach program has motivated over 15,000 students in 96 schools to create over 60,000 pieces of original work. ArtReach takes everything needed to each campus, including teaching artists, art materials, and standards-based lesson plans. No buses required. In 2015/16 alone the ArtReach team worked in 14 schools spanning the county via the free/low cost program and in six more schools with fee-based work. Grants, sponsorships, individual donors and events like Party ARTy support this program that helps bring the joy of making original art to cash-strapped elementary schools that would otherwise have no visual arts instruction.

“ArtReach helps fill the art gap in schools with limited resources across the county,” says Chris Austin Mittleman, Party ARTy Co-Chair, local artist and Solana Beach resident. “ArtReach teachers are practicing artists from the community. It is such a great way to help kids learn art making skills and to practice creative thinking – a skill that helps prepare young people for the workforce.”  Chris and fellow Co-Chair and artist Becky Chamberlain (also a Solana Beach resident) are crafting an evening that, though a fundraiser, will feel like a celebration of art and creativity with friends. Susan Taylor, Director of External Affairs at Scripps Health and former NBC news anchor, will orchestrate the fun as Master of Ceremonies.

Event guests are also in for an epicurean treat. Urban Solace makes its catering debut with Party ARTy. Executive Chef/Owner, Matt Gordon and part-owner Lisa Richards have planned a mouth-watering comfort food feast.

Local artists provide the treats for the eyes. Catherine Dzialo-Haller and Deron Cohen (both ArtReach teaching artists) will complete paintings on the spot. Meanwhile, sculptor Jon Koehler will shape metal into a work of beauty. All three pieces will be auctioned live, and three fortunate bidders will take home an original. Speaking of originals, twenty seascapes, created especially for Party ARTy by Jefferson Elementary fourth and fifth graders, will also find new homes with some lucky donors. In fact, brothers Captain and Carter from Jefferson Elementary will be on hand, creating paintings along with the featured artists.

The Boxsets, a local band, will set the musical mood. Each guest will receive a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses, and wine lovers will have the opportunity to win a bottle of fine wine at the toss of a ring. The silent auction features many temptations including a luxury sailboat day cruise, getaways to Rancho Mirage Sonoma, and Disneyland, a Stag’s Leap wine flight, Paella party, and much more.

ArtReach promises a delightful evening filled with art, artists, music, fine food and wine, and fun. To purchase tickets for Party ARTy for ArtReach visit artreachsandiego.org. For information, call 619-940-7278.

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