Proceeds from the Dublin Arts Council's annual Garden Party will help art and creativity bloom in central Ohio.
The Garden Party fundraiser, slated for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 in the OCLC Kilgour Building atrium, 6565 Kilgour Place, is the largest fundraiser for the Dublin Arts Council and will raise money for programs such as the Sundays at Scioto summer concert series, exhibitions in the gallery, summer art camps and art in public places projects.
The fundraiser will also give the Dublin Arts Council a chance to honor a man who has made some improvements to the DAC grounds at 7125 Riverside Drive.
Dave and Margery Amorose are honorary chairmen of the event.
"Dave Amorose has done an amazing job of restoring the grounds here at the arts center," DAC Executive Director David Guion said. "We thought this would be the best way to honor him. It's the reason they're honorary chairs."
Amorose got involved with the DAC after last year's Garden Party, Guion said. He mentioned retiring and Guion recruited him for the DAC board.
"He's volunteering and giving free labor. It's a labor of love," Guion said.
The work of Amorose restored shrubbery, flower beds, rose bushes and other areas of the grounds to its former flora glory.
"He worked with the city to do the barbeque area in the back," Guion said. "It's a whole new patio and bench there... He brought amazing new life to the facility."
Along with honoring Amorose for his work, auctions are on tap for the Garden Party.
"Colleen Marshal has agreed to be the auctioneer. We're really excited," Guion said. "It's been hard to coral people because it's such a social event, so we decided to have a live auction."
The live auction will feature a red topaz and diamond pendant created for the Garden Party by Scott's Custom Jewelers.
A silent auction will give guests a chance to bid on spa packages, artwork and other gifts, Guion said.
"We have plenty of artwork," he said. "A lot of the artists who have been in the gallery or have done Riverboxes are doing art this year. It's exciting.
"We haven't always tapped into artists we have in the past."
One piece of art offered at the Garden Party comes from a homeless teen at the center of Oscar-nominated short documentary Inocente.
"The print is quite beautiful," Guion said.
In addition to two wine bars, restaurants including Aladdin's Eatery, Cafe Istanbul, Cameron's American Bistro, Luce Enoteca, 101 Beer Kitchen and Sisters Sweet Shoppe will be serving up culinary fare.
Music will be provided by pianist David Tolley, who got his start from Johnny Carson.
"He performed as the pianist here a few years ago," Guion said. "He's an amazing pianist and brought a special element to the evening."
Tickets to the DAC Garden Party are $100 and include food and beverages. Attire is business after-hours/casual cocktail. Tickets can be purchased online at dublinarts.org or by calling 614-889-7444.