April 8, 6-9 PM, Kick-Off and Silent Auction at BAC
Gallery Hop, Receptions and Raffles April 9, 10
The weekend event will begin with a kick-off opening reception at the Branford Art Center 1229 Main St. Branford, Friday evening April 8th, 6-9 PM. Local Veterans will show and sell their artwork that evening in a silent auction.
Passports with maps and the participating galleries locations will be available for purchase for $20.00 at any of the galleries. Each passport comes with five chances to win a piece of art or gift valued at at-least fifty dollars. A grand prize for those who complete the Hop by visiting each gallery over the weekend worth $200.00 will be raffled. All proceeds will go to the “Giant Steps” Art therapy program at the West Haven Veterans Hospital. The Giant Steps program uses art therapy to help veterans who live with various life challenges.
The galleries involved in the Gallery Hop are The Branford Art Center of Branford, The Bird Nest Gallery and Salon Suites of Guilford, Maple and Main Art Gallery of Chester, Cindy Stevens Fine Arts of Clinton, and the Clinton Art Gallery. These are all North of the Q bridge. South of the Q bridge the participating galleries are Artfish42 in Milford, the Firehouse Gallery of Milford, the Davis Gallery of Orange, and the E Street Gallery of Derby.
Sally Brown will be the featured artist for the month of April and will also have her opening that Friday night. One of her paintings will be available in a silent auction with proceeds going to the Giant Steps Program. Two of Yvonne Gordon-Moser's paintings will be prizes for the raffles at BAC. At Clinton Art Gallery, a painting by Jan Blencowe or Ron Olansen will be the raffle prizes.
We are hoping to raise community awareness for this program as well as raise money to augment the program at the VA Hospital.