ArtParty-ing it up at Anton

Annual fundraiser returns Sept. 20

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 13, 2018

 The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens is holding its 27th annual ArtParty  on Sept. 20. The event will feature local artists, local restaurant fare and  live music by Midwest Dueling Pianos.

The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens is holding its 27th annual ArtParty on Sept. 20. The event will feature local artists, local restaurant fare and live music by Midwest Dueling Pianos.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

MOUNT CLEMENS — Art, food and pianos will be the center of the fun during the Anton Art Center’s 27th annual ArtParty in downtown Mount Clemens Sept. 20.

Presented by Oakland University, ArtParty will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Roskopp parking lot, directly outside the Art Center at 125 Macomb Place.

“Aside from a slightly new location (ArtParty was traditionally held in the street), the ArtParty will be the same great fundraising event that our community has come to love,” Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist said. “We’ll have at least two dozen restaurants and caterers on hand at this year’s event, with samples of their favorite dishes, as well as entertainment by Midwest Dueling Pianos.”

Gilchrist said there will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction — two of the most important ways the Art Center raises funds during the event.

Gilchrist said last year’s event attracted about 500 people and raised approximately $39,000.

“This year, we expect about the same number of attendees, and have a goal of raising $50,000,” he said.

Gilchrist said ArtParty is the Art Center’s sole fundraiser of the year.

“As our only fundraising event, the ArtParty serves a very important role in helping fund our programs and operations,” he said. “As a nonprofit, we rely on contributions to sustain our exhibits, and much of our outreach and public programming, and the ArtParty helps to generate about 10 percent of our annual revenue.

“Our goals with ArtParty are really twofold: raise funds to continue the work we do in our community, and to gather our community in support and celebration of the arts. Money raised during the ArtParty helps us continue to keep a full schedule of classes and exhibitions, community outreach programs, and opportunities for artists.”  

Tickets cost $65 in advance, and $75 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Anton Art Center, online at theartcenter.org/artparty or by calling (586) 469-8666. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are also available for sale leading up to and during the event.

ArtParty will honor the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, and is being co-hosted by Gabe and Pat Anton, Rick and Denise David, and Gene and Mary Anne Gargaro.