Submitted by the Sawdust Festival:
The Sawdust Art Festival completed its first-ever “Sustain Local Art and Cuisine” fundraising event Sunday, March 10 at the Sawdust grounds, in partnership with local restaurant 370 Common. The sold out event filled 50 seats with guests at the family-style dining table. Guests enjoyed a quaint evening filled with sustainable gourmet food, donated artwork, live art demonstrations, and the music of Jason Feddy and his bassist Alan Deremo and drummer Ray Weston.
Guests purchased $4,000 worth of artwork Sunday evening and the moneys raised by putting on the special event will benefit the Sawdust Art Education Fund and will be directly utilized in the creation of a 15-minute educational artist video. The artist video project will continue a series of important documentaries the Sawdust had to put on hold due to lack of funding in 2009.
The inaugural fundraising event was such a success, there are already plans of doubling next year’s event size, opening the seats offered to 100 guests. An enjoyable evening was had by all, with water poured into glasses made by Muffin Spencer-Devlin, spring salad served in bowls made by Christopher Jeffries, Maggie Spencer and Dawn Spurlock, and strawberry shortcake served in dessert bowls made by Suzanne Esko and Siân Poeschl.
Among those artists that contributed dining ware are: Sherry Bullard, John Eagle, Suzanne Esko, Rachel Goberman, Charleine Guy, Gavin Heath, Christopher Jeffries, James Koch, James Lashley, Bette McIntire, Jason McQuaid, Nadine Nordstrom, Siân and Troy Poeschl, Jan Sattler, Julie Setterholm, Jane and Patty Slowsky, Maggie Spencer, Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Dawn Spurlock, Sue Thompson and Mark Winner.