Metro Wire Staff
A night of creativity in the visual arts, design, dance and theater is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in February.
Arts Bash 2018, “Love the Bash,” will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the UW-Stevens Point Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage Street.
Expressive or red attire is encouraged.
This year’s emcee is Gerald Avery, a 2008 graduate of UW-Stevens Point who has appeared as George Eacker in “Hamilton” on Broadway and in numerous other Broadway, national and international theater, television and dance performances.
Those attending can purchase distinctive original artwork donated by local artists and UW-Stevens Point students. Art sales will be through Q Gallery Artists Cooperative, Festival of the Arts and Hidden Studios Art Tour.
The event will also include student theatre and dance performances, silent auction baskets, a wearable art runway show featuring community artists and DJ Wayne Semmerling, a “blood, guts and gore” makeup demonstration, step and repeat photo booth featuring leading characters from past theatre and dance performances, and portrait drawings. Local establishments will serve food and beverage samples, and cash bar will be available. A dance party ends the evening.
A Preview Party will be offered 6-7:30 PM Friday, Feb. 2, and includes a private reception with a signature cocktail from Great Northern Distillery of Plover. Attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase art, including limited-edition hand blown glassware, and a chance to bid on exclusive silent auction packages. They will also offered a backstage tour of Jenkins Theatre and the opportunity to meet Avery.
Arts Bash 2018 tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door for the public and $20 for students with university I.D. Preview Party tickets are $50 or $85 if combined with Arts Bash. Buy tickets at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office, 715-346-4100 or choose “campus events” at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.
The primary fundraiser for the Departments of Theatre and Dance and Art and Design, Arts Bash has raised more than $250,000 for student scholarships and programs since its inception in 2003.