A golden celebration for this year’s ArtParty in Mount Clemens

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 6, 2019

 The 28th annual ArtParty to benefit the Anton Art Center will include silent auctions.

The 28th annual ArtParty to benefit the Anton Art Center will include silent auctions.

Photo provided by the Anton Art Center

 The event, set for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 outside the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, benefits the center’s programs and exhibits, including a partnership with the Jermaine Jackson Community Center in Mount Clemens to provide summer art classes for students.

The event, set for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 outside the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, benefits the center’s programs and exhibits, including a partnership with the Jermaine Jackson Community Center in Mount Clemens to provide summer art classes for students.

Photo provided by the Anton Art Center

 The event includes a taste fest from local restaurants, a bar and entertainment.

The event includes a taste fest from local restaurants, a bar and entertainment.

Photo provided by the Anton Art Center

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Celebrating a 50-year legacy of providing art experiences to the community, the Anton Art Center will host its 28th annual ArtParty from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26.

This is the “golden celebration” for the center, which has occupied the historical Carnegie Library facility at 125 Macomb Place since 1969.

“We hosted our first exhibit in the spring of 1970,” said Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist. “That started this legacy of providing art experiences to our community.”

Nearly three decades ago, the center began hosting the annual ArtParty to raise funds to help the center keep its full schedule of classes, exhibitions, community outreach programs and opportunities for artists going.

“We’ve been doing a lot more public programming outside the center. Bring more arts access to people that may not be able to easily reach us or thought that Anton Art Center was a place they would be welcome or could go,” Gilchrist said.

The 28th annual ArtParty will feature a “taste fest” from about two dozen local restaurants and a complimentary bar sponsored by Orleans Sports Café. There will also be live entertainment from Bob & Carl, dancing, live art demonstrations, a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle. Tickets cost $75 each and are available at the Anton Art Center, by calling (586) 469-8666 or at theartcenter.org/artparty.

Patron tickets are also available for $150 and include recognition in the program book.

Gilchrist said that the silent auction will focus primarily — although not exclusively — on fine art, to “circle back to what we’re all about.”

A major sponsor for the event is Oakland University, which has been sponsoring the ArtParty for a number of years, according to Julie Dichtel, executive director of Macomb County outreach for Oakland University.

“We’re in support of the entire mission of the ArtParty: to bring art and culture to downtown Mount Clemens,” she said. “As an education institution, it’s important we support that.”

Other sponsors include Wahl Tents, Crest Lincoln, Fifth-Third Bank and Printing by Johnson.

During the party, the center’s regular exhibits will be open. A new offering is the Turning Point Survivor Quilt and Photography exhibit, and on the second floor, the community galleries will have an artist’s choice exhibit by four local art clubs: the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, Warren Tri-County Fine Arts and the Romeo Guild of Arts.

Local artists provide the bulk of the artwork on display at the center.

“We’re really a hub for the arts here in Macomb County,” Gilchrist said. “In terms of exhibits, we often do focus primarily on local artists, but we do have opportunities that are more broad.”

One of those is the Michigan Annual Exhibit, which is accepting work from artists across the state until Jan. 8, with the work to be judged by guest juror Salvador Salort-Pons, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, for a chance at $2,000 in cash prizes. Artists interested in applying for the exhibition should visit theartcenter.org.

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