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Astoria Visual Arts’ seeks items and services for June 26 fundraiser at Fort George

Published on June 5, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on June 6, 2018 8:34AM

Annie Eskelin, executive director of Astoria Visual Arts

Courtesy Astoria Visual Arts

Annie Eskelin, executive director of Astoria Visual Arts

A benefit night at Fort George Brewery + Public House

Courtesy Astoria Visual Arts

A benefit night at Fort George Brewery + Public House

ASTORIA — Astoria Visual Arts is seeking donated items and services to auction at the organization’s Tuesday, June 26, fundraiser at Fort George Brewery + Public House.

If you have something of value to donate, please contact AVA at astoriavisualarts@gmail.com or call 503-791-0575.

AVA supports local artists and arts education and works to foster artistic opportunity and diversity, all of which benefit our community and economy.

Your auction donation — which is tax deductible and may be eligible as a match to the Oregon Cultural Trust — will help fund vital community arts programs, including:

• AVA a-i-r, Astoria’s first artist-in-residence program, which provides selected local artists with needed studio space, free of charge;

• The Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR), in collaboration with Recology Western Oregon, which supports the creation of art from erstwhile trash, providing selected artists with access to discarded materials, a monthly stipend and a large studio space;

• The Astoria Open Studios Tour, an annual summer showcase of visual arts, now in its eighth year, which provides an intimate look into artists at work in studio settings;

• The AVA Pop-Up Gallery, which provides AVA member-artists an opportunity to showcase their work on a monthly basis;

• The Miss Bea Johnson Fund/Community-based Arts Programming for Teens, founded by Noel and Pat Thomas, in partnership with Astoria and Knappa High Schools.

AVA’s plans include the acquisition of a permanent home for AVA with ADA-accessible exhibition space. Under the leadership of our new executive director, Annie Eskelin, we hope to further enhance, strengthen and promote the arts in Astoria for years to come.

The benefit night will be held 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, upstairs at Fort George.


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