by Eva Potter
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s Cause for Celebration Raffle has become one of its most popular and successful events of the year. On July 14, one little ticket could net you a gorgeous piece of original art valued upwards of $2,000.
The raffle, CCAC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, brings in much-needed income to fund its mission of promoting the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture through our region, while nurturing education and commerce.
This year’s generous artwork is donated by six well-known regional artists and include oil paintings by Mikel Wintermantel and Thomas Paquette, watercolor painting by Barbara Fox, Raku pottery by Anne Mormile, acrylic painting by Nance Jackson and mixed media art by Deb Eck.
Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of CCAC, said, “With this one event, we’ll raise $10,000 and net $8,500, which goes a long way toward the services and programs that we provide year round.”
The proceeds will help fund a year of workshops, kids’ programming, Routes to Art, the annual member art show, contemporary exhibitions, community improvements and advocacy for quality of life in the Southern Tier.
According to Conroy-Baiter, arts and culture “provide a crucial balancing element to our rural lifestyle, providing a counterpoint to the outdoor and sports activities, and adding an element of joy and beauty without which life would be colorless.”
Fox agreed. “(CCAC) has created many worthwhile opportunities for the many creative people in our county,” she said.
Paquette has seen CCAC’s impressive programs firsthand and wanted to help with a donation this year. “The community at large certainly must be proud of the efforts the CCAC has made and the richness it brings to the cultural life of the county,” he said.
Eck echoed his sentiment when she stated, “Creativity is our most precious but under-prized asset. I am happy to support creativity however I can!”
How can you get in on the action? It’s simple – buy a ticket. They’re on sale now and your $100 ticket will give you fantastic odds of winning. Each ticket includes admission for two adults to the raffle drawing party and enters you in six separate raffles for valuable pieces of art. (Note: Once you win one raffle, you are removed from the remaining raffles.)
The party will take place from 6–8 p.m. at CCAC’s studio at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany. The drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Conroy-Baiter said, “Heather Carroll, our ‘chief decorator,’ has come up with a theme that will feature ‘green art,’ original decorations made out of repurposed everyday items.”
You can purchase tickets at www.myartscouncil.net, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (716) 372-7455 or stopping at CCAC at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany.
Art on Main, CCAC’s retail consignment store featuring regional artwork will be open to ticketholders that night. It is also open during business hours Monday–Friday and is a great way to support CCAC and the region’s talented artists.