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Arts Bash 2020 to offer a night of ‘Spectacle’

By Patrick Lynn

The annual celebration of creativity in the visual arts is returning to UW-Stevens Point next month.

Arts Bash 2020, “Spectacle,” is a night for design, dance, and theater exhibits while fundraising for student scholarships and arts programs at UWSP. This year’s event will be held 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St.

Attendees are encouraged to dress “expressively,” according to a news release from UWSP.

Headlining the event is Nick Reising, a 2013 theatre design and technology and business alumnus who is the director of development for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Dance Professor Jeannie Hill will be the emcee.

Reising said during his time at UWSP, he learned performing arts can “inspire change, create and transport us to new worlds and achieve so much as a team.”

Reising was honored as one of 15 outstanding young professionals in the Fox Cities in 2018.

The evening will include theatre and dance performances, a wearable art runway show, a sale of artwork by students and community members at the Edna Carlsten Gallery, scholarship giving tree, food, drinks, and cash bar.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door or $120 for a bundle of four for the public. UW-Stevens Point students with university I.D. may attend for $20.

A “Superstar Evening” preview party will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. It begins with a preview and sale of artwork at the Carlsten Gallery, followed by dinner with signature food and drinks at 7 p.m. at Ruby Café. Attendees will receive a limited edition print by student artist Casey Bernado, enjoy live music by Dave Becker and Jack Hurrish and hear how Arts Bash Scholarships impact students. Preview party tickets are $100, with limited seating.

Tickets are available at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, at 715-346-4100 or online at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.