2017 Arts for All Fest Recap

Community Arts Class student preparing for the performance.

Wednesday, July 26 was our annual summer open house, the Arts for All Fest. This year’s festival was two parties in one: our Arts for All Fest and Donor Appreciation Party! We wanted to celebrate all who support ArtMix while showcasing our students and their artwork—what better way to bring together the ArtMix family?

The ArtMix Gallery and studios were packed with people from the community who wanted to create and have fun. There were several activities happening for people of all ages and abilities: mask-making, painting, movement, chalk, and drumming! Everyone had a great time bouncing from one activity to another—chalk skylines and masquerade masks have never looked better!

Student performers taking a bow!

The activities went on all evening, but took a short recess at 5 o’clock when it was time for everyone to meet in the Speck Gallery for the student performance and Acorn Awards! When the guests were gathered, ArtMix President and CEO Gayle Holtman gave a warm welcome and introduced the evening’s show. The Community Arts Class students performed their rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which they had been working on for the past seven weeks. The actors were lively and fun, and even got the audience involved with reading lines! Thank you to ArtMix Teaching Artist Beverly for directing such a hit show.

Following the performance, Gayle and ArtMix Board Vice Chair Ashley Hughes announced the recipients of this year’s Acorn Awards. ArtMix could not continue to serve the community without the people and organizations who give us their time and support. The Acorn Awards are one of the many ways we acknowledge those who make our mission possible! The 2017 Acorn Award recipients are as follows:

President and CEO Gayle Holtman with the Acorn Awards Recipients.


Volunteer of the Year: Cathy Anne Burton

Donor of the Year: Beth Reynolds-Campbell

Business of the Year: Simons Bitzer & Associates

Funder of the Year: The Herbert Simon Family Foundation




We would like to thank all who came to this truly spectacular event. There is never a happier time at ArtMix than when our halls and studios are filled with laughter, love, and friendship—and cool art, too!

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