For the fourth year the Dorchester Community Center for the Arts (better known as Dot Art) will host its annual fund-raiser, the Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party. Next Saturday, June 20, the reunion/ charity celebration will be held in an elegant private home and garden at 11 Richview Street in Cedar Grove. Gary and Sarah Ciambrone will be welcome attendees from 6 to 10 p.m.
This year instead of a sit-down dinner there will be a tasty tapas-style buffet catered by local establishments like The Blarney Stone, Above and Beyond Catering, and Dot2Dot CafÃ©.
The eveningâ€™s keynote speaker will be arts advocate Klare Shaw, Senior Advisor for Education, Arts & Culture for the Barr Foundation. Shawâ€™s daughter who grew up taking classes at Dot Art is now in art school.
The well-received Aronow Music jazz quartet, who played at last yearâ€™s Arty Party, will be back again this June. Highlights of the event will include both a silent and a live auction.
Among the items up for bid are paintings and other art from Dot artists, a piece from Dark Horse Antiques, theater tickets for a fall production by the Actorsâ€™ Shakespeare Project and a pass for this Octoberâ€™s Theater Offensiveâ€™s Out on the Edge Theater Festival, home improvement services (carpentry and plumbing), accounting services and a Booth bay Harbor (Maine) weekend.
For the traditional participatory art activity, Dot Art ceramist Don Whitney will offer an on-the-spot pottery workshop, where folks can try their hand at wheel throwing, and/or purchase ceramics as theyâ€™re thrown by professionals.
Funds raised at this event will support Dot Art summer programs for youth 7-18 including a free one for ages 8 - 13 â€œFantastical Zooâ€ at the Fields Corner Library (Tues. July 14 - Fri. July 17 from 2 - 4 pm). After exploring animals through books and other media, kids will use paper mache and paint to create sculptures of animals for their own artistic zoo.
Before June 17th: 1 ticket $65, 2 tickets $120. After June 17th: 1 ticket $75. 2 tickets $140. Consider buying and donating a ticket so that a Dot Art parent or volunteer who might not otherwise be able to attend can do so. Donations, made out to â€œDot Art,â€ would also be greatly appreciated and may be sent to Dot Artâ€™s new address: 18 Samoset St., Dorchester 02124