On Saturday, May 3rd, an exciting night for North Shore art lovers turned into a rewarding event for two prominent arts associations. ArtsFusion, a gala hosted Saturday night by the Marblehead Arts Association and the Marblehead Festival of Arts, got an enthusiastic response from the local community. There were plenty of bids on the silent- and live-auction items by a happy crowd fortified by delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages. After the auction, there was coffee, delectable desserts, and energetic dancing to Shuffle Mode.
In addition to being a terrific community get-together, ArtsFusion is essential to other community events: namely the Festival of Arts that takes place in the beginning of July. This exciting four-day event, which is entirely free to the public, brings large crowds to Marblehead, encouraging local spending.
One highlight of the evening was a live-auction item donated by Kiki Taron Kinney of QuitsaKiki Designs. Her one-of-a-kind woven sterling silver necklace titled Starry Starry Night was met with many bids. Eventually, the field narrowed to two bidders and sold for $1000, one of the highest bids of the evening.
Norman LaLiberte’s painting, Never Let Her Go also garnered many bids, and eventually sold for $1400. Although one of the top-priced items of the evening, this painting would sell for much more at a retail gallery.
Among the last pieces to be auctioned off was Romeo, a stunning bronze sculpture of a bantam rooster, by beloved local sculptor Beverly Seamans. Bidding was lively, with the winner taking home this unique piece for $1900.
A great night for a wonderful cause. ArtsFusion was definitely a successful collaboration, as well as an exceptionally fun party.
At the end of the night, many took home valuable pieces of artwork, and all expressed how much they genuinely enjoyed this event.