As spring begins to bloom, the Dublin Arts Council will celebrate with its annual Garden Party May 2.

As spring begins to bloom, the Dublin Arts Council will celebrate with its annual Garden Party May 2.

The annual event, held in the Kilgour Building atrium at OCLC, 6565 Kilgour Place, will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 2 and will be the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit arts group.

Last year's Garden Party raised nearly $32,000 for Dublin Arts Council programming such as classes, exhibitions, the Art in Public Places program and the Sundays at Scioto summer concert series.

"It's our largest fundraiser," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director. "It's a critical event for us to raise funds for all our programming.

"We hope people come out and support us," Guion said. "We have great food, fine wine and some opportunities for silent auction items. It's just a good event."

Two wine bars, music from pianist Mike Munhall and food from area restaurants, including Cafe Instanbul, Luce Nuovo, The Refectory, 101 Beer Kitchen and Ashland and Highland, will be offered.

One of the Garden Party's mainstays, however, is the silent auction.

"Art is a really big focus in the silent auction," Guion said. "There is some really great art this year: great paintings, photographs, a sculpture and ceramic pieces."

A piece of artwork from Japanese artist Masayuki Miyajima, who had a pottery exhibition at the DAC late last year, will also be in the silent auction, Guion said.

"It's really special that he is able to support us this way," he said.

Other items available in the silent auction include gift cards from local restaurants and tickets to local arts events.

"There are all kinds of fun things and arts events," Guion said.

"We always try to feature arts events like the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, CATCO (and) ProMusica. We want to make sure arts are featured as part of the silent auction."

Scott's Custom Jewelers has made a special piece for the auction, Guion said, and Creative Vacations put up a trip to San Juan in Puerto Rico.

"There's a nice mix of things and the range is broad so everyone can participate on some level," he said.

The wine wall will make a return, offering a mystery bottle of wine to take home for $15.

"We put wine valued at $15 to $100 in a paper bag and they pay $15 to gamble on a bag," Guion said. "It always goes really well."

About 250 people are expected to attend the event held at OCLC.

"I think that honoring Skip and Anita (Prichard), the new OCLC CEO and his wife, is going to be really exciting," Guion said of the hosts.

"I had a brief conversation with him a couple months ago and he's really excited to learn more about the Dublin Arts Council. We'll really honor OCLC for the support they've given us."

Tickets to the Dublin Arts Council Garden Party cost $100 and include food and beverages. Attire is after-hours/casual cocktail.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, look online at Dublin