Nominate Your Favorites Now

By Eva Potter

The tri-county arts and culture scene vibrates with energy and talent, and now you can nominate your favorite people and organizations from Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties to be recognized as shining supporters at a new awards event.

Save the date for Saturday, June 6, when the Cattaraugus County Arts Council will host the 2015 Celebration of the Arts Awards Party at Bartlett Country Club, in Olean, N.Y., because you’re invited!

This exciting and fun-filled cocktail party evening will include five arts and culture awards, a fine art raffle of five original works valued at more than $10,000 in total (including a very special piece by Barbara Fox), a fine art silent auction and fantastic door prizes like tickets to music and theater performances.

Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP has signed on to sponsor the event at the $1,000 platinum level. CCAC is looking for additional event sponsors. If you are interested, please call Tina Hastings at (716) 372-7455 for details.

Theresa Smith, an organizing committee volunteer, said, “This event on June 6 is going to be a wonderful opportunity to recognize talented artists as well as area supporters who make a difference in the art community. Those attending the event will also have the opportunity to walk away with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces created by local artists. We encourage everyone to save the date and join in the festivities, which support the need for the arts in our area.”

And that’s not all. You’ll hear live music by local favorite Ade Adu, feast on fabulous hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a free open bar and indulge in sweets from the lavish dessert table — all while hanging out with your favorite people.

Connie Wolfinger, another volunteer on the committee, said, “Everyone should take some time out of their busy schedules to attend this festive event. They’ll meet old friends, make new friends, and have an opportunity to purchase some great artistic works!”

How does it all work? It all begins with the nominations for Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Artist of the Year, Emerging Talent, Supporter of the Arts & Culture Sector and Volunteer of the Year. The DEC Regrant Program of the Year award will also be presented by the arts council.

Anyone can nominate their favorites, including yourself or your own organization, from Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties now by visiting www.myartscouncil.net (click on Celebration of the Arts Party link on the home page). If you need a paper nomination form, please call (716) 372-7455 and one will be mailed to you. Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of the CCAC Board of Directors.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 4, so hurry and help CCAC recognize these important individuals and groups, whose support enriches the quality of life in the Southern Tier through arts and culture programming.

“Celebration of the Arts is the most critical fundraiser of the year for CCAC and presents a unique opportunity to honor and thank those dedicated to making arts and culture a priority for this region,” said Tina Hastings, executive director of CCAC.

If you’d like to attend the Celebration of the Arts Awards Party, all you need to do is purchase a ticket by Friday, May 22, by visiting www.myartscouncil.net, emailing tina@myartscouncil.net or calling CCAC at (716) 372-7455.

VIP tickets are $100 and include one party admission and one art raffle entry. VIP ticketholders may also increase their odds by purchasing additional raffle tickets for only $25, with no limit — and you don’t have to be present to win! General admission tickets are $50 and include the party, a chance to win valuable door prizes and silent auction items.

Anyone attending the party can bid on silent auction items — including paintings, pottery and other works — but winners must be present to win, buy and take home their art that evening.