Arts benefit for Haiti at Oliver House courtyardWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
There can be a fine art to giving. Such is the case with the latest event taking place in the courtyard of the Oliver House. Art for Haiti highlights some of our area’s most gifted visual artists, musicians and poets/spoken word performers, as well as a number of local vendors, all giving their time and talents to support a worthwhile cause. The benefit will run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on May 22.
The event was founded by graphic illustrator and photographer Scott Lightfoot and organized with artist and event promoter Everett Woodard.
“The benefit first got started after Scott Lightfoot, who had spent time in Haiti, came to me and suggested that we put together an arts event,” Woodard said. “We have a direct link to the Haitian Children’s Hospital and hope to send as much as a $1,000 donation and more if we can. We’ve already raised more than $300 for the cause. We can also offer local artists exposure that they wouldn’t otherwise get.
“I just remember watching television right after the tragedy; there were reporters who couldn’t even speak, who were fighting to hold back tears. I had never seen anything like that in my life and I think this is a cause that truly speaks for itself.”
The event, which costs $5 to attend, features a live and silent auction. All proceeds from artwork will be split 50/50 between participating artists and the benefit. All auction items must be paid for the evening of purchase.
“I worked in Haiti as part of a reforestation program. I started this event to not only benefit the people there, but to bring artists together and help encourage them to make a living. By splitting the proceeds from art sales, hopefully everyone will come away with something,” Lightfoot said.
Featured artists, in addition to Lightfoot and Woodard, include KC Saint John, Klaire Russell, Nate Masternak, Zak Lyons, Yusuf Lateef, Aric Lorton (Dirty Baby), Amanda H. Hoffman, Jorge Gallardo, Ann Petlow, Vita and Nathan Bennet, Kristen Dukat, Becky Boring, Tom Brooks, Chris Black, Jason Quick, Huntor Prey, Ben Langolois, Dave Harr, Jerry Gray, The Fritz, Ev The Bohemian, Aye-Eye & Big Mark The General, Doug Lutman, Natural, The Andy Zuercher Trio, Crucial 420, C.E.O. Band, Abner Hershberger and others to be announced.
The Oliver House is located at 27 Broadway St. Drinks are being supplied by the Ground Level Coffeehouse.