Friday, September 6, 2019

RHAF Presents "Taste and Toast the Arts" Sept. 24

The Red Hills Art Foundation has announced a special "Taste and Toast the Arts" event to be held Tuesday, September 24, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at The Market Cafe in Louisville. RHAF President Mary Snow explained that proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization's ongoing project to assist the city in restoring and refurbishing the historic Strand Theater in downtown Louisville.

Snow said, "My generation, and those before us, have had the unique opportunity to be exposed to the arts over the course of our lifetimes. Louisville and Winston County have proven themselves over the years to be a bastion for the arts, but perhaps never more so than today. The City of Louisville has purchased the Strand with an inspired plan to convert it to a community arts center. This has been a dream of RHAF for more than 20 years and we truly believe it's going to happen."

The special event is being donated by Johnny and Alice Wooten as a means of supporting the arts in Louisville and Winston County. Johnny Wooten explained, "Everyone who knows me knows how much I love athletics and other recreational activities. But I was fortunate to be exposed to the arts during my childhood and youth. It made a difference in my life and I want to see future generations here in our hometown have that same opportunity through a fully functioning arts center. An athlete who appreciates a good theatrical event or a beautiful painting is an especially blessed person!"

The event will feature delicious hors d'oeuvres created by Chef Wooten and accompanied by many of the offerings from Ala Carte Alice. There will also be complimenting wines and beverages all of which will be served in a festive atmosphere at The Market Cafe on Main Street. Musical entertainment will be provided by Fernando Aloisi and Mark Goldbeck. In addition, representatives from the Red Hills Art Association, Red Hills Arts Theatrical Society, Music Club, Photography Club and one of our city's dance organizations will have booths set up to explain their many programs and genres of art. A nice door price basket, including a Fender guitar donated by Jason Stewart and Burnt Orange Studio will be given away to some lucky attendee.

Snow said, "We can't thank adequately thank the Wootens and Burnt Orange Studios for such phenomenal gifts as this "Taste and Toast the Arts" event. This is an opportunity for our entire community to come out and support the arts in a fun and delicious way!"

Tickets for the event are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce office and are $30 each. The Red Hills Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.