North Shore Arts Alliance’s ChocoL’Art event on Jan. 20

Submitted Photo Pictured are some of the participants in the 2017 ChocoL’Art event.

If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, Jan. 20 after the holiday hoopla is over, considering being a part of a “fun” fundraiser for the North Shore Arts Alliance. The event will be held at Shorewood Country Club, 4958 W. Lake Road in Dunkirk from 7 until 9 p.m.

ChocoL’Art is not a banquet with a big meal. It’s not black-tie with lots of speeches. It is a hands-on art experience. New media technologies have begun to shift the relationships between people, space and time and change the ways that people create, consume, commune and communicate. This is an evening for you to enjoy each other, reflect, create and eat chocolate. Why “ChocoL’Art?” Because there will be chocolate specialties created for this event by the chef at Shorewood Country Club, specialty chocolate drinks mixed by the bartender, and favorite chocolate desserts donated by friends of NSAA.

“North Shore Arts Alliance has gained traction in our community. This evening’s profit will help create spaces (live and virtual) that support artists, support socializing, and that enable a more dynamic and intimate interaction between patrons and artists,” said fundraiser organizers Susan Forrester Mackay and Marcia Merrins. “NSAA sees art is an economic driver. North Shore Arts Alliance was created in 2009. It is a 501C3 — so donations are tax deductible. Long term we’re looking to help create an art center. This is an ultimate goal — to really have an arts incubator and a center for the arts up in the north county. We are taking this step to eventually have art within Main Street frontage.

“We are hoping the success of the new ownership of the Adams Art Gallery will provide NSAA with an exhibition space in the north county with workshop space, local art shoppe and a performance venue. We have over 100 artists and members who support us with their membership and donations.

“But for tonight you are helping the arts raise monies so we can be a part of this effort. I know you will enjoy this experience. After all, when is the last time you doodled? You have to attend to find out more!”

There will be a live auction. Some of the items include: A bowl donated by Reno Pottery; a painting by Susan Forrester Mackay; a painting by James East; a ceramic piece by Marcia Merrins and a handmade Santa by Carmen Wappman.

“Small works — Big Ideas” will be back, making it an annual event, after last year’s success. Artists and people with art interests donate small, little works which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis $25. There will be works from people who sell their artwork professionally at much higher prices, so $25 is a bargain.

“We have several shows throughout the county during the year. The Octagon Gallery in Westfield, Lakeshore Center for the Arts, the Sensory Gallery in Ripley and the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown have all exhibited NSAA artists. Our signature event, what most people associate with NSAA, is the Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail during the Memorial Day weekend,” the organizers stated. “Juried artists with studios are open for visitors so they can talk about or demonstrate the processes in developing their work. Other juried artists can ‘hub’ at various galleries including the Art Loft, Portage Hill Gallery and Living Glass Gallery. The trail extends through much of the county — from Ripley to Silver Creek and beyond. We pretty much stay in those boundaries of North County.

“The arts have value, benefits, and relevance in healthy communities. Building public support for the arts is a challenge at every level. North Shore Arts Alliance is working toward creating a real presence in Chautauqua County. It needs your support. To accomplish all this takes heart and community,” Merrins added.

ChocoL’Art part of that fundraising effort. Admission is $40 and covers chocolate indulgences and materials for the art experience. Attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine for a wine cellar raffle! A year’s worth of wine for a $5 raffle ticket.

For reservations, call 672-4275, email mmerrins@netsync.net, or send donation to NSAA, P.O. Box 233, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.

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