l-r Dee Sarno, Laura Herr and Tom Myott
Last Thursday friends and supporters gathered for SaratogaArtsFest’s Prelude 2014 celebration at Prime at Saratoga National, a colorful kick off to the exciting yearly festival coming soon to our area.
SaratogaArtsFest, a five-day annual celebration of the arts taking place this year from June 11th-15th, delivers the brilliance and energy of art in its many forms—music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. First held in 2007, the festival has enjoyed significant growth in its first few years, expanding artist participation, audiences, and community support. The theme this year for both Prelude and the festival is “An Artist’s Life”, and the event celebrated with music, live painting, dancing and more.
Upon entering, guests were treated to a mini pop up gallery of paintings by the evening’s Honorary Chair, Lidia Bazar. Lidia is currently putting together a one woman showing of work and is also currently working on a biographically political book of World War II, and her paintings featured classic scenes from Saratoga Springs including one of Marylou Whitney’s famous parties at Canfield Casino and the SPAC NYC Ballet Gala. The décor inside also captured the various genres, with eye-catching elements including dance, opera and the visual arts.
Honorary Chair Lidia Bazar in front of her original paintings
While guests sampled delicious bites from Prime at Saratoga National, the Stony Creek Band provided the perfect musical backdrop, and the very talented folks from Tango Fusion put on a spectacular dancing show to much applause. Later on the evening they invited guests to the dance floor to learn a little Texas two step with Stony Creek stepping in for the music once again.
Guests circled the silent auction table, stocked with items focusing on experiences like wine tastings, a dinner and hot air balloon ride for two, perfect summer accessories from Piper Boutique, and a very highly bid on item being the autographed Henrik Lundqvist jersey highlighting this festival year’s Sport as Art program.
Another attraction of the evening was the chance to witness the talented local artist Tom Myott create a painting right there during the event, which was auctioned off at the end of the evening to one lucky winner.
Dee Sarno, Chair of the SaratogaArtsFest Board of Directors, was delighted to award Ruthann Marcelle with the SAF 2014 Art Star award. For more than 25 years Ruthann has sat on the boards of numerous arts boards and educational boards in the greater Capital Region. As President of the Marcelle Foundation, she has been very involved in her family’s philanthropy, dedicated to helping organizations and people who are involved in education and/or the arts. Ruthann has been extremely supportive of SAF for over seven years as a supporter and as a dedicated volunteer. She is a true patron of the arts, committed to quality education and a vibrant arts community.
Spotted in the crowd were SaratogaArtsFest Executive Director Laura Herr, Susan Bokan, Michael & Janet Casey, Marcia & Jerry MacDonald, Tamie Ehinger, Eleanor Mullaney and Bob Coughlin, Marcia White, Curt & Cathy Tucker, Christianne Smith, Darlene Myers, Ruthann’s brother Edward Marcelle & and his wife Diane, Sandra Dollard from Albany, Natalie Sillery, Rick Partyka, Natalie and Charles Wait, Jr., Bob & Mary Clark and Prelude Planning Committee members Julie Slovik, Judy Soukup, Sarah LeRoux and Jael Polnac.
A fitting prelude to this year’s festival, the event was definitely a success, leaving guests even more excited for what is to come in June. This year’s festival is packed with not to miss events, including two iconic Martha Graham works that will be performed at SPAC on June 12th as SAF’s Opening Night feature performance and Duncan Sheik as the signature event on June 13th at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Visit their website at http://www.saratogaartsfest.org for the complete schedule and to purchase at ArtsPass.