ArtPrize 2012: ArtFan Party

 

 

ArtPrize 2012: ArtFan Party

Lafontsee Galleries

September 18, 2012

BY :: SPARKLY STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHY :: TERRY JOHNSTON

At Lafontsee Galleries on the eve of ArtPrize, a special group of the annual art competition’s supporters came together to celebrate the arrival of the event. ArtFans, as they are known, are individuals from throughout the community who share a special passion for the mission of ArtPrize and have pledged financial support to help the organization meet its goal of sustainability.

There are two levels of the ArtFan group. For an individual, the minimum pledge is $1,500 and to be an “ArtFan + 1” the minimum pledge is $2,500. ArtFans receive several benefits in addition to the ArtFan Party that was being hosted on Tuesday night. As a thank you for their support, members are invited to The ArtFan Forum, a sneak peek into the planning for ArtPrize and the chance to provide feedback directly to the ArtPrize leadership. ArtFans have access to a VIP Lounge that is a place to rest after a day of ArtPrize viewing; VIP access to the ArtPrize Awards; recognition in The Hub, and a collectable gift created by an ArtPrize partner.

Lafontsee Galleries was the ideal venue for tonight’s event. What better place for ArtFans to gather than a beautiful gallery? Guests were treated to a menu of cocktails and food created just for them by Torrence O’Haire of The Starving Artist. Cocktails included the Mr. Lincoln Swizzle (a blend of cognac, bianco vermouth, sour orange, pomegranate, mint, and rosewater); the Tarantella (silver tequila, cocchi americano, blood orange liqueur, and lemon); and the Oxblood Cocktail (rye whiskey, punt y mes, chocolate liqueur, and walnut bitters).

O’Haire also created an exclusive dinner menu, calling it The Mustang Diner—fried chicken, Founders beer waffles, sweet potato hash, and bacon-pecan syrup; black pepper biscuits, Carolina ham, fried egg, braised greens, and red-eye gravy; and vegetable gumbo, Link Love creole sausage, and sweet-corn cornbread. Is your mouth watering yet? For dessert—lemon chess pie with carmelized cornflakes and whipped cream; or mock apple pie with cinnamon-caramel ice cream. {Did I mention O’Haire is for hire? He will come and cook for you and your friends!}

While the ArtFans enjoyed the amazing food, on tables with décor from Modern Day Floral & Events, they were treated to fantastic live music from Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. They were the perfect addition to the evening, and I’m pretty sure I noticed some guests who were excited to start dancing!

It was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of ArtPrize, especially for this group of dedicated supporters who have a special love for the event and want to see it be successful for years to come. If you are interested in membership as an ArtPrize ArtFan, visit http://www.artprize.org/get-involved/membership/artfan.