Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 23, 2008

Artists paint portraits to raise money

“Wickedly Live,” a party and live art experience in one, is being hosted by the Galesburg Civic Art Center on Saturday, October 25 from 7p.m. until midnight. In place of a Mardi Gras fundraiser normally thrown by the Art Center, “Wickedly Live” will be hosted in the BDI Screens Warehouse, 1255 Monmouth Boulevard, #3.

“It gives us a little freedom,” said Heather Norman, Director of the Galesburg Civic Art Center, of the industrial setting of the party and live art experience. “There aren’t a lot of large venues in Galesburg. It’s something a little different.”

There will be raffles, dancing, a beer and wine tasting, an Absinthe fountain, and both a silent and a live art auction in addition to live music. Orquesta Alto Maiz, a salsa band from the Midwest, will perform from 8p.m. to midnight. The $40 fee includes dinner, and all proceeds go to operational support for the Galesburg Civic Art Center, which hosts 12 exhibits per year.

Seven area artists will be crafting their works live. Those who attend can have their portrait drawn or face painted. There will even be soft sculpture masks and hats for rent and purchase.

“It’s going to be an experience . . . like nothing Galesburg has ever seen before,” said Norman.

Sadie Arft

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