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Benefit Volunteers: We love you   11.13.09

Party-goers rock the bidding at SPACES' benefit this year. Image courtesy of Metromix Cleveland; Photographer Brandon Davis, More images of the benefit from Metromix here.

More images of the benefit can be viewed at Spanglemagazine.com.

Annually, SPACES hosts a benefit and art auction. It's a killer party ... in so many ways: We have a wicked good time, but it is also a ton of work.

This year, to cap off our experimental school-as-exhibition, The Plum Academy: An Institute for Situated Practices, we celebrated our benefit with Erie Prom: Enchantment Under the Lake. Last Saturday, guests made their way into the gallery-transformed-high-school-gymnasium/aquarium for a raucous, colorful good time in support of SPACES. Nearly 500 party-goers came donned in everything from original prom dresses to punny get-ups inspired by famous Cleveland monikers such as "Miss Steak on the Lake". Regional and national artists generously donated paintings, sculpture, jewelery, drawings, you name it ... all in support of SPACES. The proceeds raised from the benefit go to much needed general operating costs. We are so grateful our guests came, had a good time, and bought art. We are support junkies and would be nowhere without the generous giving circle formed by our donating artists and buying art patrons during our fundraiser.

But one of the key elements of that giving circle are the volunteers who often get very little credit. Behind the scenes, before the guests arrive and during the fast-paced event, there are heroes who also made our largest fundraiser a success. This enormous undertaking requires hours, days, months of preparation and planning (we begin in June, six months before the event) and along the way we had some of the most amazing people at our side pleading for art, gift certificates, and food for the buffet, painting mermaids and seaweed in unexpected places, arranging centerpieces, taking photos for hours on end, and brainstorming, among so many other volunteer duties that require blood, sweat, tears, and loyalty.

Special thanks to Jessica Adler, Judi Balcerzak (volunteer round-up extraordinaire), Ivi Barceloni, Laura Barry, Blaise Carrier-Chouinard, Cynthia Daniels Chiplis, Jeff Chiplis (who always pulls through for us), CSU paper crew, Jacqueline DelBrocco & Josh, Joan Deveney and her daughter Jessica, Maureen (Moe) Dixon (Moe's here, never fear), Michael Dockrill, Deborah Durbin, Bryan Edwards, Risë Edwards, Bonnie Manning, Cherie Price (Bryan, Risë, Bonnie, Cherie, my personal heroes), Bruce Edwards, Heather Funk, David Gobeille, Melody Grable, Michele Gregg, Kelly Hathaway, Henry Hwang, Lori Kella, Skye Kellerman, Patti Knon, Nicholas P. Kouris (late-night die-hard and hero), Laura Kushnick (best at making waves), Leslie Lahr, John Larger, Kelly Marie Lawrence, Vanessa LaValle, Qian Li, Stephen Litchfield (who can build anything flawlessly), Steve Louzos, Jerry Mann (always getting the candid shots), Anneliesa Melari, Frank Miller III (Fabulous Dodd Photo Corner photographer), Alex Nichols & friends, Emily Ouzts, Ryan Pearl (wine connoisseur and funny man), Nick Meloro (a shining face always), Angelica Pozo, Amelia & Eliza Richardson, Jill Richardson (keeper of sanity), Scott Richardson (the pres), Liza Rifkin, Liz Sabo, Maria Samuelson, Zoey Sebastian, Alyssa Schneider, Tim Skehan, Mia Sobotka, Hallie Spooner, Matt Stevens, Sean Szczepinski, Adam Tully (always cheerful and enthusiastic), Casey Vogt, Joy Whitman, Maggie Wojton, Laila Voss, Bob Zombar (your laugh, Bob, looking forward to it next year!), and soooo many others who helped us pull off a fantastic evening.

Thank you to our rock star co-chairs John Farina and Genna Petrolla and our wonderful board!

TO ALL OF YOU HELPED THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS: Your time, devotion, positive energy, and creative force is what kept us going and made this fundraiser a success! THANK YOU!

Posted by Nicole Edwards, Communications Manager on behalf of SPACES staff

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

links for 2009-11-02   11.02.09

Fine arts not in Patricks Creative Economy?
"Massachusetts art folks had a crush on Deval Patrick (pictured here) when he ran for governor in 2006. People loved it when he said in his victory speech that November that 'You are ... artists looking to be valued' and 'We have a mandate ... to help the creative economy flourish.' But the question has always been: Who are Governor Patrick and other Massachusetts political leaders talking about when they say they support the creative economy?"


From rags to artistic riches (JSOnline)
"Grabner and her husband, Brad Killam, artists and gallery owners from the Chicago area, purchased the farm for about $150,000 and are turning it into a contemporary art space. Set among farmlands, wetlands and small rivers in Waupaca County, with a population of about 1,300, Manawa is about the most unexpected setting for the international avant-garde. And that is part of the point. The setting, which has also been a rest home, a religious retreat center and most recently a flop house, will provide seclusion for working artists and a destination for seeing art, Grabner said."
(tags: art.spaces Michelle.Grabner The.Suburban Brad.Killam The.Poor.Farm)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-10-31   10.31.09

The Top 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World
"A few weeks ago Art Review announced the Top 100 power brokers in the art world but we thought they missed the real story. So Hyperallergic has released its own list of the people who have never received their moment in the sun."


Obama expected to sign bill to increase cultural funding (Los Angeles Times)
"President Obama is expected to sign a bill this weekend that will increase funding for the nation's main cultural bodies to their highest levels in nearly 16 years."
(tags: Barack.Obama art.legislation art.funding government)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

#DailyArtDose Round-Up   10.26.09

Week of October 19

Past SWAP artist Libby Black: libbyblack.com
Douglas Kahn: douglaskahn.com
Nicolas Lampert: machineanimalcollages.com
Kevin Jerome Everson: people.virginia.edu
Michael Perrone: mperrone.com

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Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: #DailyArtDose

links for 2009-10-20   10.20.09

Reality TV's Thoroughly 'Modern' Mistakes (NPR)
"If you watch Project Runway " or any other design-oriented reality show " you'll hear the word "modern" employed over and over again. But in the context of reality TV, the word is often being misapplied. Modern and contemporary can " and do " mean the same thing, of course. But in the world of art and design, "modern" means Kandinsky or Picasso, Schoenberg or Stravinsky. It means daring experimental writers such as Ezra Pound or Gertrude Stein. It means Frank Lloyd Wright sweeping out the overstuffed and fusty in favor of long, clean lines."

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

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