Every year the Salina Art Center hosts two annual events to raise funds for exhibition and education programs. This year’s Grape Expectations, held for the first time in the Art Center’s new Warehouse space, featured wines from Charles Creek Vineyard, a gourmet cocktail buffet, live music, and live and silent auctions. A new spring event, WarehouseLIVE, was a lively mix of disco music by Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls, Kansas City, fun-loving guests, food from the 60’s, and raffles and sign-up parties. The sixth annual benefit for the Art Center’s endowment, Mardi Gras, almost brought the Ray House house down with entertainment by Big Fat Fun, Wichita, plus amazing
cajun cuisine by some of Salina’s best chefs (and hosts).
FIRST THURSDAY ART RUSH
Featuring exhibition openings, artist talks, gallery walks, discussions, and lectures, the Art Center’s Art Rush programs brought community members together with art and artists at the Art Center’s galleries and Warehouse on the first Thursday of every month. The Art Center joined Salina downtown’s galleries, businesses, restaurants, and other venues in offering a variety of memorable art experiences centered around art center exhibitions and visiting artists-in-residence.
Over 750 children, parents, grandparents, and friends attended the SAC’s three open houses this year: Pumpkin Carving in October, Holiday Open House in November and Spring Open House in April. Open Houses offer artmakers of all ages hands-on art activities, exhibition tours, refreshments, and fun.
TEACHERS’ NIGHT OUT Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Teachers’ Night Out was a celebration of area teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians, and nurses and all they do for students. This special event featured food, conversation, door prizes, and friendship.
Teachers’ Night Out was sponsored by First Bank Kansas and co-sponsored by See to Learn, Salina Optometrists.
Pumpkin Carving in October