ArtParty for Anton Art Center a success – Macomb Daily

An overflowing crowd of more than 450 filled a reconfigured party space in downtown Mount Clemens for the Anton Art Center’s annual ArtParty fundraiser Thursday night.

Party attendees paid $80 each to snack on appetizers, desserts and refreshments at various Macomb County restaurants, while viewing artwork or listening to live music in three outdoor tents at the exterior of the arts center on Macomb Place.

The ArtParty planning committee was expecting around 450 guests but were pleasantly surprised by dozens who raised over $30,000 for the non-profit establishment.

Phil Gilchrist, the centre’s executive director, said “the turnout exceeded our expectations”.

“I think it really drives home the support our community has for the arts,” he said.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford employee Malea Howard relaxes with her boyfriend Courtney Tipton. (MITCH HOTTS—DAILY MACOMB)

Area movers and shakers munched on everything from boxes of popcorn and candy from Pop’s Sweets An’ Treats to blackberry-infused goat cheese pies with bacon and chives from O’Halloran’s Public House to the delicious chicken piccata/marsala prepared by the staff at Abbibo.

Art Center staff and others reconfigured the layout for the celebration, mostly replacing high tables with eight-foot-long tables.

“I’m just amazed at the turnout and the fun people are having,” Macomb County Manager Mark Hackel said of the cupcakes donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes. “It’s a testament to the wonderful mix of people who love the arts here.”

It was the second bow of the day for the staff of the Anton Art Center. Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp presented Gilchrist with an award from the 10th Annual Macomb County Business Awards held earlier Thursday at the Emerald Theater across from the parking lot of the art center.

“Understand that in the Mount Clemens Strategic Plan, we want to be the food scene for Macomb County, we want to be the entertainment center for Macomb County, but more importantly, we want to be the cultural center for Macomb County” , said the mayor. “And it starts with the Art Center.”

The crowd enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Modern Element at ArtParty.  (MITCH HOTTS -- THE DAILY MACOMB)
The crowd enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Modern Element at ArtParty. (MITCH HOTTS — THE DAILY MACOMB)

Meanwhile, Malea Howard, who works for the historic Edsel Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, and her boyfriend Courtney Tipton, relaxed on a couch in a comfy, remodeled little cubbyhole in what was once a dumpster shelter. garbage.

“It’s my first time here and I think it’s nice to see everyone step out on the first day of autumn on a windy night to enjoy art, music and design” said the Clinton Township resident. “It’s a beautiful thing here, basically in a parking lot in Mount Clemens.”

The art center itself remained open with food stations and art demonstrations, and also borrowed outdoor heaters from nearby O’Halloran, but no one seemed uncomfortable in the 60-degree weather. degrees as the season officially changed from summer to fall at 9:04 p.m.

Blue Crow Talent host Samantha Jansen plays with an LED-lit hula hoop and Kristina Rostron follows with a poi.  (MTICH HOTTS - THE DAILY MACOMB)
Blue Crow Talent host Samantha Jansen plays with an LED-lit hula hoop and Kristina Rostron follows with a poi. (MTICH HOTTS — THE DAILY MACOMB)

Kathryn Dimond, Chair of the Art Center Board of Directors, congratulated those present.

“I hope that as you leave this party, you begin to recognize and appreciate the arts more and more in your own community,” she told the crowd.