'No Art Left Behind' Promises Unique Fundraiser for Local Arts Community

Limited to just 100 tickets, Sunday’s No Art Left Behind fundraiser at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is one of the most unique arts-related fundraising efforts in recent memory. No Art Left Behind takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

“The Legacy Society of the Artists Archives is very excited to stage No Art Left Behind,” says AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley. “This is the first fundraiser that we have held in two years and the first time for this particular idea for sure. In spite of the understandable backlash against donations of art work for fundraisers, the artist community has turned out in force to donate over 100 pieces of fabulous original art to support the Archives and this project and we are very grateful for that.”

Each $300 ticket includes admission for two, plus one lottery ticket. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., tickets will be drawn randomly, and each ticket holder chooses a piece of original local/regional art to take home at the end of the evening. Guests can take the works home beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are also available for $50 – if you just want to come and watch - but for that price you will not get to take a work of art home with you.

“The excitement will come during the event because each ticket holder cannot select their work until their name has been drawn randomly from a hat,” Tousley explains. “So while everyone gets to take something, the timing is a gamble. The first-drawn name picks from everything, and so on. This premise of this event is unique for the Cleveland area and I’m looking forward to seeing the excitement build as we start to draw the names. The art has all been posted on our website so participants can make out a list of their favorites before we start on Sunday. I think this wise because once the action starts things are going to move very quickly!”

All artwork is donated by accomplished local and regional artists, and most works are valued at well over $300. Archives assistant Christine Ries states, “We are overjoyed with the high quality of artwork donated for the Archives’ event. Some of Cleveland’s best known artists have come forward with donations of paintings, prints and sculptures, because they believe in the mission and work of the Archives. The ticket price is a steal for art collectors, but most importantly it raises funds for the Archives.”

The roster includes notables like longtime AAWR board president Herbert Ascherman, Ruth Bercaw, Shirley Campbell, Bonnie Dolin, Phyllis Fannin, Hilary Gent, Bill Gould, Laurel Hecht, Lee Heinen, Jennie Jones, Ron Joranko, Tricia Kaman, Wally Kaplan, Terry Klausman, George Kocar, Charles Mintz, Bill Pappas, Stuart Pearl, Gloria Plevin, Sid Rheuban, Tom Roese, Lous Ross, Lisa Schonberg, Lynn Szalay, Judy Takacs, Robert Thurmer, Nancy Underhill, Kim Zaney and yours truly. For images of artwork and the names of art donors, click here.

Tousley adds: “Many donated works are valued higher than $300, and for those who collect art you know this is a very good value, but the bottom line is – it’s a fundraiser and AAWR is a worthy cause, so come out, join us and have some fun people!”

A limited number of tickets are still available; contact AAWR to reserve your spot today. “Tickets are limited but we still have a few available for purchase and while we urge people to call us and purchase ahead of time, they can be purchased at the door,” Tousley says. “We are recommending that people arrive promptly at 4 p.m. Timing is everything, and we will start drawing names at 4:30 p.m.”

Funds raised will be matched by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The money will be used to fund short documentaries by Ted Sikora and Charles Mintz. Through this series of shorts, the organization hopes to document the oral histories of its archived artists.

“The money raised will be used to match funds for a 2016 Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Grant to support the filming of some of our Archived Artists oral histories in a short documentary form by Ted Sikora and Chuck Mintz,” Tousley explains. “The first finished doc by Ted of artist Augusto Bordelois was premiered in the Archives in April to great acclaim by the audience. Sikora is a master of this short form, a real artist in his own right. He captures the essence of an artist’s intent and their personal story in these 4 to 6 minutes docs.”

(Artists Archives of the Western Reserve) 1834 E. 123rd St., 216-721-9020, artistsarchives.org

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