Clay Art Center Birthday Bash on October 19 in Harrison

Clay Art Center’s 60th Birthday Bash & Annual Fall Benefit will take place on Thursday, October 19 from 6 – 10PM at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.

Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, is celebrating 60 years with their tenth annual fall benefit. The 60th Birthday Bash will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6-10PM at Willow Ridge Country Club, 123 North Street, Harrison, NY.

The evening will feature tastings from local restaurants; signature cocktails; live music and dancing and other festivities; as well as a silent and live auction, featuring one-of-kind ceramic artwork from nationally recognized artists and many other unique items. Join in the festivities with celebrity auctioneer, George Latimer, New York State Senator and Westchester native. Proceeds benefit Clay Art Center’s programs, youth scholarships and Artists-in-Residence.

This annual fall benefit attracts a lively and loyal audience of over 200 individuals. As one of our guests said last year – “What a wonderful sense of community and welcome! It really felt like family.”

In previous years, this fundraiser has boosted funding to our youth scholarship program, along with the Artist Residency programs. As a direct result of last year’s benefit and other programs, Clay Art Center was able to award more than four hundred scholarships to underserved youths. These children were given the opportunity to express themselves creatively and experience the transformational qualities of clay. Additionally, the funds supported year-long residencies for two young emerging artists, which culminated in an exhibition in Clay Art Center’s nationally recognized gallery.

In honor of our past, present and future, this year we are recognizing Rene Murray, Stephen Rodriguez and Jeff Schlanger, 3 artists who had their start at Clay Art Center; past board member Pricilla Young, who was instrumental in our growth as a non-profit; along with Port Chester Village, our home for 60 years; and ArtsWestchester, whose contributions to the arts in the region makes it possible for us to forge into the future.

The annual fall benefit allows supporters of Clay Art Center to celebrate together and help support our goal of providing access to more individuals from our community with the opportunity to improve their lives by learning to express themselves through meaningful art making. Patrons from the tri-state area will enjoy live music, wine, and tempting cuisine from numerous area restaurants including Acuario, Andrea’s 25 North, Argana Moroccan Restaurant, Coals, Famous Greek Kitchen, Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse, Gaucho Grill, Kneaded Bread, Le Pain Quotidien, North Street Tavern, Salsa Picante, Spadaro Ristorante,

T & J Pizza and Pasta, and Tandoori Taste of India. The evening will also include signature cocktails, featuring Comb Vodka from Still The One Two Distillery, with beer and wine provided by Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Vaccaro’s Wine & Spirits.

Tickets and more information about the event can be found on our website at https://www.clayartcenter.org/events-benefits.

In 2017 Clay Art Center will host its 60th anniversary with a series of exhibits, classes and events. The year-long focus entitled RE/CLAY, will celebrate clay in our past, present and future while also chronicling the development of the center from the first blue prints to cutting-edge technologies. The five core exhibitions will run from January 28 – November 11, 2017, along with community exhibits, a walking tour in New York City, workshops, lectures, and a culminating symposium; all of which touch on why it’s time to re-look at clay.

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.


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