Art of Giving Gala to be held in Westbrook

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An aerialist performed last year at Down East Magazine's Art of Giving Gala, which will be held this year at the Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook on Oct. 26.

WESTBROOK — The 4th annual Art of Giving Gala will be held in Westbrook this year on Oct. 26.

The gala, which is hosted by Down East Magazine, will be held at the Stroudwater Lodge from 5-8 p.m. The event is free to attend, but guests must RSVP at events@downeast.com. 

According to a press release from the magazine, the event’s art sale has raised almost $100,000 in the past three years.

“We’ve had fantastic response year after year to our Art of Giving program,” Down East Editor-In-Chief Kathleen Fleury said. “We’re proud to support the Ticket to Ride Program and four talented artists again this year.”

Ticket to Ride is a program of the Maine Arts Commission that helps fund travel for Maine students visiting art venues and events. Money is raised at the event through art sales, with 20 percent going to Ticket to Ride and the rest going to the artists.

Four artists will be chosen by a panel of judges to participate in the gala. According to the press release, the judges will consider the artists’ technique, aesthetics and biography. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30 and artists can apply on the Down East website.

Last year’s event included art by R. Scott Baltz, Therese L. Provenzano, Matthew Russ and Roland Salazar.

Guests at the gala will be served food and drink and there will be live entertainment. 

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

An aerialist performed last year at Down East Magazine’s Art of Giving Gala, which will be held this year at the Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook on Oct. 26.

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