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Arts & Culture

A Record Breaking Arti Gras Fundraiser for Idea Exchange Art + Design

Cambridge – Adorned in feather boas, flapper dresses, pearls, fedora hats, and other glad rags, arts supporters filled the Queen’s Square location of Idea Exchange on Saturday, March 5 for the annual Arti Gras Jazzed fundraiser. The sold out crowd brought record breaking sales to the silent and live auctions, helping the event to achieve over $40,000 in total revenue.

Event highlights included:

· Sold Out Wine Wall – people paid $20 and got to choose a bottle of wine that was disguised in a prohibition era paper bag. The bottles were worth anywhere from $10 to $60. All 50 bottles sold within the first hour.

· Music by the Tim Louis Quartet had people dancing and sensational performances by Dynamic Dance Studio and tap legend Everett Smith received enthusiastic appreciation from the crowd. Dozens of watercolour prints were produced by guests who participated in the printmaking workshop with artist Kari Mullin.


· Guests were indulged by Lily Ruth Catering who served a gourmet dinner paired with critic’s choice wines from Ontario, the Bake Shop offered exquisite desserts with coffee from Monigram’s Coffee Roasters, and Langdon Hall revealed their signature barrel-aged cocktail made from ingredients sourced from their gardens last fall.


· Top selling items auctioned by the always delightful Stephen Ranger of Waddington’s Auction House included:

Farm To Fork Dinner for 8, Catered by Chef Moe Vidotto of Savour the Season
Gold Package for Four at the Galt Country Club
Field Lunch by Chef Moe Vidotto with walking tour at RARE Charitable Research Reserve
Plenty for 20 Catering Delivered to Your Door by Lily Ruth Catering

Gallery Director Aidan Ware said, “This was a banner year for Arti Gras. The tremendous energy of the evening, with a sold-out crowd, translated to a fantastic result in support of Cambridge’s public art gallery. The success of this year’s event is attributed to our wonderful sponsors, the hard work of the Arti Gras committee, the staff at Idea Exchange, and the many individuals and businesses who supported the gala through donations. This revenue will be directed towards our creative initiatives in the community and supports all of our free programs including over 20 exhibitions per year presented from three locations in Cambridge and our adaptive education programs for special needs groups.”

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