Come party at Somewhat Off the Wall and take home a piece of original art

Julie Fraenkel

Somewhat Off the Wall, a unique art exhibition and party from which guests take home original works of art, will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 760 Chapel St., in New Haven – in the spectacular space that is home to the Odonnell Company.

This year’s event features drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, stained glass, pottery, prints, sculpture, and printed textiles by 50 outstanding artists, each of whom has donated three pieces of his or her work. These works will be on display to the public on Friday, September 21, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for a sneak peek.

Then, at 7 p.m. on the night of the party, numbered premium tickets will be put into a hat and drawn at random. As each premium ticket-holder’s number is called, he or she will be invited to select a piece of original artwork to take home.

Each of the 50 participating artists will be given a premium ticket, making only 100 premium tickets, at $100 each, available to the public! An unlimited number of tickets to the event are available for $35 (these will not include artwork). Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Participating Somewhat Off the Wall artists include Cheryl Albaine, Mary Americo, Amy Arledge, Laura Barr, Hayne Bayless, Marion Belanger, Ethan Boisvert, Alexis Brown, Greg Cochenet, Peter Craig, Jennifer Davies, Anne Doris-Eisner, Freddi Elton, Roxanne Faber-Savage, Joan Fitzsimmons, Julie Fraenkel, Josh Gaetjen, Joyce Greenfield, Larissa Hall, Keith Johnson, Charles Kingsley, Jaime Kriksciun, Melody Lane, Mara Lavitt, Mary Lesser, Vanilia Majoros, Barbara Marks, Michael Marsland, Irene K. Miller, Dana Osborn, David Ottenstein, Liz Pagano, Jacob Pongratz, Kariann Price, Gerald Saladyga, Inger Schoelkopf, Harold Shapiro, Alan Shulik, Judy Sirota Rosenthal, Thomas Stavovy, Melanie Stengel, Katro Storm, Rashmi Talpade, Margaret Tsirantonakis, Alicia Van Campen, Chris Volpe, Jonathan Waters, Joy Wulke, Trevor Youngberg, and Louise Zito.

This year, you can also purchase a $5 raffle ticket for the chance to win:

• A custom photo session and two 8” x 10” prints by Stephanie Anestis Photography valued at $350. Stephanie Anestis is a natural-light photographer specializing in photo documentary and candid portraits. You get a custom one- to two-hour photo session with Stephanie at a location of your choosing, within 30 miles of Hamden, for up to six people; 20-30 proofs to view online in a private gallery for two weeks and share with family and friends; and two 8”x10” archival inkjet prints from your session. Additional prints and products can be ordered at a 10 percent discount. This session and print offer will expire on September 23, 2013. To view Stephanie’s photography style, visit http://www.stephanieanestis.com or http://www.facebook.com/stephanieanestisphotography.

• A large, handcrafted stool valued at $400 donated by City Bench, a company that creates beautiful and sustainable furniture using reclaimed urban trees from New Haven. Visit http://www.city-bench.com for more information about the company.

• A voucher, valued at $300, from Dinners at the Farm for two people to attend a dinner of their choice during the 2013 season. Dinners at the Farm is New England’s original farm dinner benefit series celebrating Connecticut’s local farms, food, and communities. For more information go to http://www.dinnersatthefarm.com.

This year’s event is sponsored by Affiliated Foot & Ankle Surgeons, Cygnus Medical LLC, LoRicco, Trotta & LoRicco LLC, Madison Polymeric Engineering Inc, Odonnell Company, The Potocsny Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Space-Craft Manufacturing, and Suzio York Hill.

Call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788 for more information. Visit our website at www.newhavenarts.org to view images of the artwork.

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