Thursday, March 24, 2016

Veterans Fund-Raising Kick-off event

A fundraising event for veterans will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 at the Branford Art Center Gallery, 1229 Main St, according to a release.
The event is free and open to the public and will initiate the weekend long Gallery Hop Fund-Raiser for Veterans, the release said. 

On April 9, and April 10, participants will visit each of the eight participating galleries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to use their raffle tickets for prizes and bid in silent auctions for paintings by the veterans. 

The artist veterans will be at the gallery openings from 1 to 3 p.m., the release said.  Refreshments will be served all day.

Proceeds will go to the individual veterans who created the art, at the “Giant Steps” Art therapy program at the West Haven Veterans Hospital. the release said.

Gallery Hop raffle tickets are available at the BAC Gallery. Contact Yvonne Gordon-Moser 860-334-4642 or

Also in the release:

"Yvonne Gordon-Moser of the Branford Art Center and Meg Giannotti of Artfish42 in Milford have joined forces with several Art Galleries across the shoreline to raise funds and awareness" for veterans who use art as a "means of healing and enjoyment."
"She and Meg Giannotti of Artfish42 have spearheaded the Gallery Hop for Veterans taking place on April 9 and 10, 2016. 100% of the monies collected will go to the VA "Giant Steps" Program for materials needed by the Veterans."
Galleries involved in the Gallery Hop are The Branford Art Center of Branford, The Bird Nest Gallery and Salon Suites of Guilford,  Maple and Main of Chester, Cindy Stevens Fine Arts  of Clinton, and the  Clinton Art Gallery.   These are all North of the Q bridge. South of the Q bridge we have Artfish42 in Milford, the Firehouse Gallery of Milford, the Davis Gallery of Orange and the E Street Gallery of Derby, the release said.
Ted Aub a local Veteran’s advocate will be collecting veterans artwork which will be displayed at each of the galleries.
Passports with maps and the participating galleries locations will be available for purchase for $20.  Each passport comes with five chances to win a piece of art or gift valued at at-least $50, the release said.  A grand prize for those who complete the Hop by visiting each gallery over the weekend worth $200 will be raffled. Different Items will be located at each of the galleries, the release said.

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