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Spooktacular ARTinis gala benefits local artists
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

AOE Arts Council executive director Victoria Steele holds up a glass skull during the opening of the ARTinis fundraisng soirée Thursday niight. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The east end’s glitterati turned out at the Shenkman Arts Centre Thursday night to celebrate the arts and raise a few dollars for the AOE Arts Council at the 7th annual ARTinis soirée.

Supporters paid $75 each to listen to live music, nosh on fine food and sip their favourite cocktail while rubbing elbows with the likes of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and newly-elected Orléans MP Andrew Leslie.

This is the first year that the event took on a Hallowe’en theme, with many of the patrons dawning for the occasion.

According to AOE executive director Victoria Steele, the event raised over $40,000. The money will be used to help the AOE in its continued support of local artists.
“This is our biggest fundraising event of the year. We have lot of other events, but this is the biggest one,” said Steele.

Planning for this year’s event started as soon as last year’s gala was over. A committee of dedicated volunteers takes care of everything from booking the caterers and musical talent, to raising all the items for the silent auction and decorating the room.

Some of the added touches this year were a trio of pumpkin carvers in keeping with the Hallowe’en theme, and a make-up station provided by On Scene FX where patrons could get their ghoul on.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Miguel de Armas Latin Jazz Quartet.

The Arts Council will soon be launching kicking off the second year of its successful Arts Place program which places artists in non-traditional spaces and allows them to share their with non-profit groups and organizations for the benefit of the entire community.

The program had six artists-in-residence in its inaugural year who worked with six different non-profit groups including the Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre; Immigrant Women Services Ottawa; Résidence Saint-Louis; the Zonta Club of Ottawa; The Ottawa Mission and Hospice Care Ottawa; and the Élisabeth-Bruyère Residence.

For more information about the AOE Arts Council and the important work they do in supporting local artists visit their website at www.artsoe.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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