Society for Contemporary Craft
7 – 11 p.m.
Channel your inner crafter and get out of hand for a great local arts organization on Saturday night. Celebrating all things handmade, Society for Contemporary Craft’s (SCC) festive spring fundraiser provides patrons with a unique, firsthand opportunity to see art being made, purchase local art to take home, and participate in a range of artmaking techniques on-site.
Gala-goers will welcome spring by making “pop des fleurs” flowers and pompoms with Ray Gold, flower seed paper with Katy Dement and Albert Pantone and enameled wine charms with Jenny Soracco and Lucas Pointon. Attendees can also watch a variety of live demonstrations, including art journaling with Chris Fondi, forging with Glen Gardner, wooden top making with Turners Anonymous and hand-building clay with Margaret Haden.
More fun awaits at Out of Hand, which will also feature paper cutting activities led by Gianna Paniagua, mind and palm readings by Michael Mykita and a photo booth outfitted with DIY props designed by artists Tom Sarver, Kristen Barca and Daniel Baxter of the Kreepy Doll Factory.
This benefit bash encourages making for a purpose, because all proceeds from Out of Hand—SCC’s largest fundraising event—directly support the organization‘s free art exhibitions and education programs for all ages. In 2015, Out of Hand raised nearly $100,000, which is 10% of SCC’s annual operating funds.
If you’re looking for a conversation piece for that bare living room wall, a wedding gift for a June bride, or the perfect one-of-a-kind keepsake for your significant other, look no further than Out of Hand’s outstanding auction, which boasts a staggering array of 200-plus objects handcrafted by nationally renowned artists—from furniture and jewelry, to clothing and visual art.
This is one gala where creative attire is strongly encouraged. Hint: don something handmade, your favorite hand-me-down or wearable art. You can even make your own unique accessory at the party.
Out of Hand often sells out in advance, so grab tickets now.
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