Theresa Cleaves is Art Gala Chair of the Leavenworth County Artist Association. In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming Holiday Art Gala.

Theresa Cleaves is Art Gala Chair of the Leavenworth County Artist Association. In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming Holiday Art Gala.

1. What is the ‘Holiday Art Gala’ that the Leavenworth Arts Council will host from 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 1 at the Heritage Center?
The Annual Holiday Art Gala is an awesome art party held for the community on the first Friday in December.  This event combines an art competition, an art exhibit by local artists, an art raffle, an art sale and an art party.  We are thrilled to have The Penny Black Band return this year to provide live musical entertainment.  The evening culminates in The People’s Choice Vote, a surprise award chosen by the attendees.
This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the show.  The first 22 were held at the Carnegie Arts Center.  In 2005 we moved to The Heritage Center for more space and moved from an afternoon with punch and cookies to a celebratory evening event of art and merriment.

2. How many artists’ work will be featured and what kinds of art pieces will be showcased?
There are scores of  pieces of work by many  artists.  All art mediums are accepted and judged together equally by a panel of three judges.  There are no category-specific prizes.  This year we see an increase in abstract, photographic and 3-D art.  The Western and landscape art is always a favorite and collectors will not be disappointed by this year’s offerings.  Paint the Stars is this year’s theme.  The raffle will be for one of the theme entries.
3. Will there be food available at the gala and is there an entrance fee?     
Yes, there will be refreshments of finger foods and desserts, but we won’t be serving dinner. Although there is no admission fee, both the LCAA and The Heritage Center accept monetary donations.  The LCAA’s Awesome Art Party donation jar will be at the Sales and Raffle table.  
The Heritage Center’s tip jars will be at the bar and the punch table.  
Their tips go toward furthering their mission of providing “a home away from home” for our active seniors, many of whom are volunteers themselves.  
The Heritage Center does not receive any local, state or federal funding.  We are fortunate to have community sponsors whose contributions reduce the cost of hosting this event.  We could not do the Gala at all without their support.

4. Why is the Leavenworth County Artist Association such a valuable asset to the community?  
The LCAA is a valuable asset to the community because we accept any adult into the group regardless of artistic talent.  
Anyone who enjoys creating art should have the opportunity to do so in the company of their peers.  
We welcome art hobbyists, art amateurs, professional artists and art patrons.  
We provide year-round rotating art exhibits at five local places of business: The Cat and Dog Clinic on N. 5th Street, Pro-Rehab on S. 4th Street next to Genesis Gym, The Lansing/Leavenworth Physician’s Building on Progress Drive off Eisenhower Road, the Leavenworth Public Library on Spruce Street and The Heritage Center on Delaware Street.  
The LCAA also partners in numerous community events and fundraisers through donations of art, time or both.

5. Will this be the perfect place for Christmas shoppers to find unique gifts for their family and friends while at the same time giving community members the opportunity to support local artists?
The Art Gala will indeed be a place to find unique gifts.  
All of the art work is original.  The art can be purchased and taken home immediately, or purchased, then picked up later.  
If your special someone falls in love with a piece, we will be happy to sell it to you on the sly so that it will be a happy surprise later.  
Prices range from $30-$1,200.  Come join us.  It’s always a fun and festive night to kick off the holiday season.  

— Rimsie McConiga