March 14, 2013

Event to raise funds for the love of art

Money raised will go toward operation fees, Jazz Fest, Art on the Avenue and summer concert series

by Amie Sites

— Paintings, jewelry, decorated wig heads, gift baskets and an Indiana University men’s basketball banner replica will take over Angie’s Cakes and Catering Saturday evening for ArtRageous.

The fifth annual ArtRageous with the theme of “Head Over Heels for the ARTS,” will include an evening of dinner, silent and live auctions and music by Sam Piercy.

This is the second year the event will be at Angie’s Cakes and Catering, said Angie Minglin, co-president of the Cass County Arts Alliance and committee chair of the event. Minglin said the fundraiser began as a small event and has grown over the years. Although three-fourths of tickets have been sold, tickets will be available at the door. Minglin is expecting more than 200 people to attend.

Sheila Wildermuth, co-president of the Cass County Arts Alliance, said she is looking forward to the fundraiser.

“The art is always very interesting to see,” Wildermuth said. “Local artists have a lot of talent and their art is auctioned off.”

About 55 items will be auctioned off, including art, furniture, pottery and gift baskets from local businesses.

Most of the items donated are from local artists; one artist submitted six paintings.

“We want to accommodate different budgets,” Minglin said. “We wanted to have items people could bid on that wouldn’t go for hundreds of dollars.”

The live auction will be less than an hour and for the silent auction, people will be given a paddle number and will check back through the evening to see the auction’s progression.

For the first time, the event will have a photo booth. Minglin said she think the photos will be a fun aspect of the evening and pictures will be uploaded to Facebook the night of the event or the next day.

Before the gala, 25 foam wig heads were given out to people to decorate. Some were given false eyelashes, given bodies and one was made to look like a bird feeder. A few of the wig heads will be auctioned off Saturday night.

Minglin said Cass County Arts Alliance umbrellas the Performing Arts Council and Civic Players. Money raised during ArtRageous will go toward general operating costs and upcoming events like Jazz Fest, Art on the Avenue and summer concert series at Little Turtle Waterway on Sundays.

Last year $5,500 were raised after all expenses, an increase in more than $3,000 compared to previous years. The best they had ever had was $2,000, Minglin said.

Minglin expects the money spent on auction items will range from $20 to upwards of $1,000. She said the bigger money items will go in the live auction. A dozen will be live and the rest will be silent.

“I look forward to the whole evening. We always have a great following,” Minglin said. “The live auction is my favorite part. It adds a fun factor, especially when people go back and forth over items.”

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