By Nicole Hennessy
On July 6, BAYarts will host an event titled “100.”
Intended to generate funds to support its education programs, the fundraiser will feature 100 works of art for $100 each.
Erin Stack, BAYarts education director, said “100” will allow them to upgrade classrooms, buy new equipment and hire assistants when classes are full.
Though this event will not fund scholarships for students who are not able to pay for classes and workshops, last year BAYarts began an initiative to do just that.
“One of the Bay Village Middle School teachers who just retired and just started to work with us passed away,” Stack said of Ruth Purdy-Leslie. In honor of her, they started a scholarship program for students in grades 5 though 12.
For “100,” Stack started out by asking as many artists as she could think of – artists who belong to BAYarts – to contribute pieces until she ended up with enough.
Last year, the art center hosted a similar event, which she admits was a bit too ambitious. “It was 500 pieces for $50 each,” said Stack. “We tailored that way back.”
Of those 500, about half of them sold; and doing the math, over $12,000 was generated. Most of the money went to the center’s pottery studio and a recently renovated education gallery, in which the “100” event will take place. Still, the classroom-gallery space needs more work, and they’re hoping to be able to finish it this year.
The classes always vary, and currently the preschool programs offered are increasing.
But not all of the classes are geared toward students.
“We’re offering new fiber classes for adults,” Stack added. Other adult subjects include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylics, pottery, jewelry, photography, collage and pastel.
A unique organization for the Westshore area, BAYarts’ biggest asset, Stack believes, is its location. Right across from Huntington Beach, she sees a lot of parents drop their kids off and enjoy time outdoors. And many times the classes themselves take place outdoors, including in the park and on the beach.
She sees students from every surrounding suburb participate in the organization’s programs.
Before getting back to a children’s “fairy gardens” workshop June 15, she said that in addition to the fundraiser, two other events will take place July 6, one being a photography exhibit. Also, a band called Rob Dusky and the Rounders will perform on the porch.
“It’s a big night,” she said, looking forward to it.