Biennial Fundraiser Features Fine Dining and Casual Fun, Auctions Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Two-Night Event Raises Funds for Programming, New Community Endeavor ‘The ARTSpace’
By Shannon Frazeur
Supporters will be the stars of Potpourri 2018, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ biennial fundraising event.
The two-night event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with Beers & Cheers, a casual evening with microbrews, tapas, a “Boat of Beer” raffle, a wine pull, and dancing to music by Big Phil & The Chills.
The party transitions to a formal affair with the Potpourri Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The evening includes dinner by Chef Jamie McAfee of the Pine Bluff Country Club, a 50th anniversary-themed cocktail, a silent auction, and a live auction with Master of Ceremonies Matt Soto.
ASC Executive Director Dr. Rachel Miller says, “Proceeds from Potpourri support our free community cultural arts and STEAM educational programming, and ‘The ARTSpace, ASC’s new community arts-integrated engagement endeavor.”
Potpourri 2018 is the feature event of ASC’s 50th anniversary celebration. The center recently marked its half-century mark with a reception and unveiling of two sculpture installations by Kevin Cole and James Hayes in its atrium on Oct. 18.
Troy DeBill, Heather Stone and Amber Robinson are co-chairs of the 2018 event.
“Potpourri raises much-needed funds for ASC,” DeBill said. “Beers & Cheers is a casual Friday night with a raffle where partygoers can win a kayak of beer! On Saturday, we will feature amazing artwork from all over the U.S., along with items and services from local businesses. There will be wine and spirits of all kinds for the silent auction as well.”
“You are guaranteed to have a great time and help a worthy cause in the process. There is something for everyone!” DeBill said.
"We appreciate the generosity of the artists who are participating in the Potpourri art auction,” said ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults. “ASC's art programs are free and this helps make art accessible to everyone."
This event’s featured artist is painter John Kushmaul of Little Rock, who has 20 pieces in the auction. Kushmaul, who grew up in White Hall, has works depicting landmarks and landscapes from Jefferson County. All of Kushmaul’s pieces are available to buy now.
The artworks are on display at ASC in the International Paper and William H. Kennedy Jr. galleries, and available to preview online.
Items to be featured in the live auction are a maquette of Kevin Cole’s “A Tale of Two Blessings: Passion vs Purpose,” the aluminum and mixed-media sculpture in ASC’s atrium; a James Hayes glass-blowing experience/party; and holiday lighting from Carrington Electric.
The silent auction will use online bid-management software, and bidders will use their phones or other mobile devices during the event to place bids. Attendees are asked to set up profiles at BiddingOwl.com before the event. Silent auction bidding takes place during the Potpourri Gala on Saturday, Dec. 1; the silent auction opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $175 for a combo ticket for the Friday and Saturday events. Tickets may also be purchased separately for each night. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling ASC at 870-536-3375, or in person at ASC.
Those who cannot attend may make a contribution to support ASC.