Something … Cool

Last time out we mentioned a surprise that represented a collaboration between the business and artistic communities that make Berkeley Springs such a magical place! The Morgan Art’s Council’s captive designer Kurt Griffith designed a can label for Berkeley Springs Brewing Company’s special edition Coolfont Cream Ale, celebrating the rebirth of Coolfont Resort.

A portion of the sales from the limited run of these cans of Coolfont Cream Ale will benefit the Morgan Arts Council! Every guest at Art & Elegance 2019 received a complementary can of the ale, along with a custom MAC Can Cozy with our compliments.

And yes, the Committee did indeed taste test the ale, and found it quite worthy! Hats off to Karl and Denise Wagenbrenner.

Thank you all for your support! More to come from A&E 2019!

Two Days Out!

We’re two days out and the Committee had been busy like coffee-addicted squirrels getting ALL THE THINGS ready for the big night. Yesterday we moved prized, raffle items, decorations, tickets and much of everything we need for the event. Art is prepped. The Program has gone to press. Prizes and raffle items are collected. Performers booked. The Country Inn’s chefs are busy at work.

We’re looking forward to a big night!

We also have something of a surprise for our guests. We’ll reveal more the night of, but it’s a result of another one of the amazing collaborations between the business and artistic communities that make Berkeley Springs such a magical place!

Meet Michael Cantori, Master Illusionist

Michael Cantori, Master Illusionist

Michael will be our Featured Performer at Art & Elegance 2019

Michael will also be providing a Matinee Performance at the Star Theatre, 2PM, Saturday November 9th.

Michael Cantori spent his formative years in both our nation’s capital and in Europe, with an exorbitant amount of time sequestered in his father’s subterranean workshop, “Dunninger’s Encyclopedia of Magic” in hand. He went on to receive a degree in engineering, while excelling in the martial arts as both a competitor and instructor. He quickly gave up a traditional career path for the art of mystification and prestidigitation while concurrently managing numerous small businesses within the arts, as well as teaching self-defense for various institutions.

In addition to being a full-time performer, Cantori has taught graduate level classes in magic and awareness at the University of Maryland, has read the fortunes of congressmen, senators, and rock stars, and finds the time to design & craft magical apparatus, which he has supplied to some of the finest illusionists in the world.
He continually challenges himself within the magical arts, ever searching for the best routines, insights, and mysteries to share with his audience. Thus, he is an avid historian, author and scholar of theatrical magic, science, health, and mysticism, extending great homage to past masters such as Alexander Herrmann, Karl Germain, Nate Leipzig, Anna Eva Fay, Alexander (the man who knows), Nicola Tesla, and … well, the list is quite grand.

Michael Cantori, Master Illusionist
www.cantorimagic.com | info@cantorimagic.com | 410-961-5903

Hooray For Our Early A&E Sponsors!

Sponsors are such a critical part of the success of Art & Elegance, we cannot thank them enough for their generosity and willingness to help us Get Art Out There!

The success of Art & Elegance is truly and mightily propelled by our amazing sponsors, many of who generously contribute year after year. Our Sponsors come through for us, and contribute so much. Thank you so very much, it is deeply appreciated! But we still need your help! Please consider becoming a patron of the arts and sponsoring Art & Elegance. Or if you know a generous soul or company willing to help, please send them our way!

Early sponsors are very much appreciated – and two weeks out these generous individuals, businesses and organizations help us so much! Thank you very very much! There is still time to get in on the magic, we’re accepting sponsors right to the end

Art & Elegance 2019 Sponsors as of October 26, 2019

Abracadabra – $3,000

Norberta Schoene & Bill Lands

Shazam – $2,000

Thom Rubel & Paul Salinas
Michael Dennis & Paul Smith
The Country Inn
CNB

Presto – $1,000

Judy & JC Fisher
Karen & Pete Brown
production glue
Clark’s Home Furnishings
Bob & Pat Marggraf
Jane McCloud

Alakazam – Patron

James & Denise Selby
Yenner & Brenda Erozan
Luella Andrews
Gale & Gareth Foulds
Massimo & Marilou Righini
Luke Christie Agency
Fiesta Fibers
Ian & Martha Volner

Become an A&E Sponsor!

We’re up to something…

…something Magical.

Save the Date! November 9, 2019.

We’re up to something… Magical. Please join us for MAC’s Premier Fundrasing event. We’re changing some things up. We’re planning… transformations to surprise and delight our guests. We’ll have more to share here and on facebook as things come together.

One change right away is that we’re changing the phone number for tickets to the Ice House number at 340 258-2300. Make it Ring!

This year’s Art & Elegance will feature a Magical Theme – so be prepared for prestidigitation, illusion, legerdemain, and even a little transformation and enchantment. The evening’s entertainments will be featuring a magical performance by Michael Cantori one of the region’s premier illusionists, whose wondrous entertainment astounds and amuses all ages.  Highly-skilled, personable and unique, his repertoire includes an audience-interactive blend of visual magic, superb sleight-of-hand, mental mysteries, magical lore, and a quick wit.  He’s entertained congressmen, senators, generals, rock stars and royalty, and has been featured in media such as The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Fox News, and The Washington Post. 

More to come! Stay tuned!

A&E Planing Committee.

Looking Back Forward

 Parisian Dance Revue “Rhythm of the Night” by Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre.
A&E 2018, “Rhythm of the Night” by Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre.

After catching our breaths over the winter, we had an opportunity to look back at Art & Elegance 2018.  Attendance numbers were about the same as last year, and between guests and donations, we raised over $36,000 for MAC, which represented a slight uptick from 2017. Well done!

We have gotten positive feedback from the event.  Of course everyone wishes that Mary had the time to sing more songs.  We did hear that the cheese table was not easy to find. We’re really sorry if you missed out, it was really trés magnifiqué! A highlight of the evening, in addition to the Jordan English Jazz Orchestra with Mary Hott, was the delightful Parisian Dance Revue “Rhythm of the Night” by Arts Triumphant Dance TheatreC’est bon! Merci, mademoiselles.

Our After Party where our sponsors and guests were able to celebrate with the Artists and the Committee was a lovely, relaxing evening as well.

Thank you, each and every one of you! We could not have done it without your support. That thanks is of course extended to everyone involved, Morgan Arts Council and MAC staffers, volunteers, The Country Inn, and all our sponsors and the generous donations of our local business community.

Un merci spécial à tous nos artistes et vendeurs contributeurs. – A special thank you to all our contributing artists and vendors.

We hope to see each and every one of you at the 2019 event!

Merci beaucoup!

A&E Organizing Committee

The Reveal

It’s been a couple of weeks since Art & Elegance 2018 – and the night was tres magnifique! Now that the event has passed, and we’ve caught our breath, a little, and enjoyed a little downtime with our families for Thanksgiving, we can let you see this delightful and whimsical piece from our featured artist Jonathan Heath.

“A MAC Evening in Paris” by Jonathan Heath
“A MAC Evening in Paris” by Jonathan Heath

The truly epic painting features a number of Berkeley Springs and Morgan county luminaries charmingly caricatured in Jonathan’s signature style.

The piece was the featured item in the live auction at the height of the evening and fetched over $3,500 for MAC. C’est bien! We’re looking forward to seeing many of our artists, sponsors and patrons at the after-party on December 13th to raise a glass and celebrate another successful event! So just a little more planning and number crunching to do.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, guests, artists, sponors, The Country Inn, patrons, performers, volunteers, the A&E Comitteee and of course, MAC. Each and very one of you makes this possible year over year. And the champange was yummy!

Merci beaucoup à tous nos artistes et vendeurs contributeurs et nos invités!

Les Arts! Publié! – The Arts! Posted!

Art, Prizes, Decorations, & Supplies
Art, Prizes, Decorations, & Supplies staging at The Country Inn.

Three days out and we’re closing on on Art & Elegance 2018 – An Evening in Paris! – Une Soirée à Paris! We transported art, prizes, decorations and supplies to The Country Inn in preparation for Saturday Night. There are 1001 details to finish off, but we’re ticking off our lists so all our guests can have an  entertaining and fabulous evening – soirée amusante et fabuleuse!

We also have our programs back from the Morgan Messenger’s Printing service and they are gorgeous.  Todd and the staff there are straight up awesome. And we now have our Raffles, Silent Auction Items and Prizes posted here on the site.

Enchère Silencieuse
Silent Auction

Please take the time to view this evening’s excellent array
of Silent Auction items and place your bids on the
accompanying sheets. The auction will close at 8:30 p.m. and
winners will be announced shortly after.

Artiste en Vedette Vente  aux Enchères en Direct
Featured Artist Live Auction

This year’s Live Auction will feature “A MAC Evening in Paris” – an original painting by local artist Jonathan Heath specifically commissioned by MAC to commemorate this year’s event. Bid vigorously to take home this one-of-a-kind keepsake!

Le Premier Tombala
Prime Raffle

Frames print of our signature image

Take a look at our trio of Premier Raffle Items  and purchase as many raffle tickets as you like from our volunteers for your chance to win one (or more) of these three outstanding Art & Experiences Raffle items.

Please be sure to write your name on the reverse of each ticket
and give them to the attendant at the raffle table.

Les Prix de “Pop” Ballons d’art
“Pop” Art Balloon Prizes!

Buy a balloon ticket, pop a balloon, and collect the art or experience prize inside! Guaranteed value of $25 or greater. Tickets are $20 per balloon.

See you Saturday Night!

Pulling the Catalog Together

Building the AE 2018 Program Screen shot
Screen shot of the AE 2018 Program in progress in Adobe Indesign.

One of the high points of the event, and often a treasured keepsake is the Art and Elegance Event Program. The central feature of the program is the Raffle, Auction and Prize catalog – featuring all of the amazing Artwork and fabulous Experience Prizes donated by regional artists and local businesses.

Tired A&E Committee hard at work.
A tired A&E Committee – hard at work.

We’ve just finished cataloging the haul, and finished Art and Prize photography this past Thursday, and the committee took on the finicky work of assigning Art and Prizes to the Raffle, Silent Auction and our “Pop” Art Balloon Prizes. Captive graphic designer (and webmaster) Kurt Griffith has been squirreling away over the weekend putting the Program and Catalog together to get it to press in time for the event on Saturday. Adobe Indesign – a truly professional tool – makes it easier to pull together, but there are 1001 details to hunt down, verify, and proof, but it’s almost ready to go. We also have to compose ads, touch-up lists, gather acknowledgements, and all the things. By necessity, this publication has to be pulled together at nearly the last possible second to get everything in.

But the hard work and hustling has paid off brilliantly. This year we have an amazing “surprise” painting by Featured Artist Jonathan Heath for the live auction that we’re sure will surprise, delight, and even startle some of our patrons, and three very awesome Prime Raffle Items, incluing a delicious print of our stunning 2018 signature image. We have an additional 66 Items available in the Silent Auction, and still another 52 “Pop” Art Balloon Prizes. So we’re looking forward to a fun night of getting a lot of art out there!

Once we get the Program out to press, and working around Kurt’s actual day job of being a Professional Designer, we’ll try to get the Catalog of Art and Prizes posted online here!

 

Gathering the Art & Prizes

Collecting the Art and Prizes for photography and cataloging at MAC.

The Committee has been busy! Among all the other 1001 things, we’ve been collecting artwork and prizes. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been photographing and cataloging the wonderful stuff people have been donating to this year’s event. Among the tasks for the “jury” is deciding what will be Raffles, go into the Silent Auction, or become delightful Art & Experience Prizes.

We also have a couple of nifty surprises that we can’t quite talk about yet. But we can say that it’s very fun, very Paris, and very Berkley Springs. But we can say that it involved this yea’s featured artist Jonathan Heath of Heath Studios.

Frames print of our signature image
Parisian Night – 16×20 framed print by Aja Trier.

However, we can talk about this. Just back from the framers is a gorgeous print of our signature image for 2018,  Parisan Night by Aja Trier of Sagittarius Gallery in Scotia, NY. Much of her work is inspired by modern interpretations of quintessential impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. This lovely piece, will either be a raffle or silent auction item. It can be yours!

We‘re hoping to post the entire collection of Art and Prizes online as we get everything catalogued!