WEEKEND: Inaugural PastaFest offers food, music and art Saturday in Port Angeles
By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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Arts show, tooThe inaugural Port Angeles Arts Council Members’ Show will take place alongside PastaFest, a new fundraiser for the arts council, at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St.
All contributing artists must deliver their work to Studio Bob between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today.
All artists may enter work. If they are not yet members of the arts council, the fee is $35 for a yearlong membership plus $5 per piece.
This includes a ticket to the PastaFest dinner and party, to start at 5 p.m. Saturday at Studio Bob.
Current arts council members, meantime, may contribute pieces to the show for $5 per entry.
While the opening party is Saturday evening during PastaFest, the show will stay on display through this month.
Since this is a fundraiser, 50 percent of art sales will go to the arts council.
For more details, phone Studio Bob owner Bob Stokes at 415-990-0457 or email arts council President Eric Neurath at firstname.lastname@example.org or organizer Cathy Haight at email@example.com.
The inaugural PastaFest, a fundraiser for the Port Angeles Arts Council, is a gourmet feast of pasta, salad and bread, plus a concert with two bands, promised council President Eric Neurath.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday at Studio Bob, the space upstairs at 118½ E. Front St.
Admission is $20 — though that will be waived for those who join the council for $35.
Arts council board members Dan Maguire and Cathy Haight are the chefs, and once dinner is on the table at 6 p.m., Maguire quickly will switch roles.
He's executive director of the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts — and a singer, guitarist, songwriter and leader of Dan and the Juan de Fuca Band. The quartet will supply the blues, Americana and rock 'n' roll at PastaFest.
The Fiddle Kids, formerly known as the Black Diamond Fiddle Kids, will add some traditional folk music to the mix.
Meanwhile, a number of restaurants are preparing selections for the dessert dash, a fast auction of after-dinner treats.
Since Studio Bob is also an art gallery, a brand-new show will open during Saturday's PastaFest.
It's to be an exhibition for local artists of all media, to adorn Studio Bob through this month.
“We will also have a brief auction for several choice items, including round-trip Coho tickets, a night at the Royal Scot hotel in Victoria and more,” Neurath added.
“We are hoping to attract the entire Port Angeles art community to our event.”
This is the Port Angeles Arts Council's first fundraiser since fall 2011 — and “crucial to our financial existence,” Neurath noted.
Although the council isn't a new entity, it's “a fledgling organization,” added Haight, a visual artist and teacher.
“We want to make connections between people who are making art so we can support each other, and so we can grow our industry.” Artists “make a huge contribution to the city,” she said.
“What the arts council wants to do is be the go-to organization when the city and other entities want to get help with [public] art projects.” Maguire added.
He also wants to see the council become a clearinghouse for artists and event producers.
That's how, Maguire said, they can collaborate instead of compete with one another for event dates and audiences.
Maguire pointed to Port Townsend, with its arts commission and vigorous art scene, as a city with a well-deserved reputation for being arts-friendly.
“Port Angeles could get there. But it has a lot of work to do,” he said.
The Port Angeles Arts Council does have collaborative events planned for this spring: Member artists will give workshops and show their own creations at the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts on Memorial Day weekend. Their Art Shack will be inside the main venue, the Vern Burton Community Center, during the festival May 24-27.
The council also will work with Juan de Fuca Festival volunteers and staff to put up Young @Art, a children's art show in downtown shop windows at festival time.
To find out more about Saturday's PastaFest, entering the art show at Studio Bob and joining the Port Angeles Arts Council, email Neurath at firstname.lastname@example.org or Haight at CathyJo@DavidHaight.com.
Information is also available at www.PortAngelesArtsCouncil.org and on the council's page on Facebook.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at email@example.com.
Last modified: March 08. 2013 2:05PM