DuBOIS — Winkler Gallery & Education Center in downtown DuBois is encouraging people to “mask up” and enjoy the arts, fellowship and fundraising this month.
A “Masquerade Party” fundraiser is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the 36 North Brady Street location.
Craig Inzana, president of the board of directors, said the masquerade idea was mentioned to make this year’s October event more interesting.
“In previous years, we held a formal fundraiser event that was nice, but we wanted to try something more creative this year,” he said.
An award will be given to the person with the best costume, and everyone attending is encouraged to wear one, Inzana said.
“The gallery will be decorated specifically for the event, and the live music is being chosen to compliment the mood.”
The gallery is partnering with local organizations to offer beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages as well. Each ticket purchased qualifies as an entry to win an art print from Perry Winkler and Kyle Yates.
“Both artists have won the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan of the Year Award in the past two years, among many other awards,” Inzana said.
Community businesses have also contributed and donated silent auction items.
“It’s a great opportunity for local businesspeople, community members, artists, and supporters of the arts to come have an evening of fun among other lovers of the arts,” Inzana said. “It’s not the kind of event that happens very often in our area, so it will be a memorable experience for attendees.”
Such events are not just important when it comes to supporting local artisans, but they’re a great way to meet people and find fellowship, Inzana says.
“Obviously, supporting the arts in our area is important, but so is having fun among like-minded members of our community,” he said. “At every event we have, people walk away surprised by the people they meet at the gallery.”
There is something mysteriously enjoyable, too, about wearing a mask and meeting new people, he said.
All funds raised will benefit Winkler Fine Art Gallery, a nonprofit organization which focuses on giving local artists and teachers a platform to showcase their work and educate the community on the arts.
The event is exclusive, Inzana said, and reservations are required since there is limited space. Even if the person is unable to attend, he or she can purchase a ticket or enter a raffle, just to support the gallery.
VIP admission includes 10 additional entries in the fine art raffle, Inzana said, as well as a uniquely-decorated mask from an artist member.
For more information, visit www.winklergallery.org or the Facebook page.