Just two years ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and possible eviction from its storefront gallery exhibition space on Lark Street in Albany. But thanks to lots of hard work by the all-volunteer staff and a series of fundraisers, the doors are still open.
“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art,” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”
The fundraising efforts continue on Saturday (February 23), when the Guild presents its third annual Black & White Gala from 6-10pm at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar, with a Champagne Preview from 5-6pm. And it all sounds like a rockin’ good time.
Entertainment for the Gala will include musical performances by the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Lost Radio Rounders and not an Airplane; poetry performance by Dan Wilcox, comedy by Greg Aidala and a fashion show by Colleen Skiff, Amy Orr and Dennis Carmen. And Nippertown’s own Greg Haymes will serve as emcee.
Original artwork in a wide variety of media will be on exhibit and for sale throughout the evening. Silent auctions will feature artwork as well as gift certificates from a wide variety of local businesses. The festivities also include a 50/50 raffle, hors d’oeuvres & food stations and a cash bar. The Champagne Preview portion of the evening (5-6pm) will feature a buy-it-now option on silent auction items, as well as complimentary champagne.
There are four tiers of advance ticket prices – Honorary Committee ($100), Champagne Preview ($50), Couples Package ($70) and General Admission ($40). Tickets will also be available at the door for $50 per person.