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Gala goers jazzed about the arts


September 29, 2019

Stacy Sanborn

From left: Jo Decker, Mary Benningfield Cline and LaDonna Benningfield pause for a photo during the Alva Art Alliance gala Thursday night. Tammy Gaddy and Melanie Gaisford chose Michael Jackson as their muse for this table's decor. Arden Chaffee and his wife, Nicki, enjoyed a night of art, food and friends Thursday evening at the gala. Alva Arts Alliance Multi-Arts Gala Steering Committee members (from left) Patty Harkin, Dr. Kay Decker and Kathy Earnest are all smiles Thursday night during the 2019 Jazzed About the Arts gala.

The Alva Arts Alliance hosted its second gala Thursday evening at the ACT 1 Theatre in downtown Alva.

Stacy Sanborn

It was a full house again this year for Alva Art Alliance's Jazzed About the Arts gala. The event was held downtown at the ACT 1 Theatre. Keith Mallett, a painter, etcher and ceramic artist, was the inspiration behind this unique tablescape designed by Northwest Art Society's Angelia Case.The Richard Hart Jazz Quartet provided musical entertainment during the 2019 Alva Art Alliance gala. From left are Richard Hart on jazz guitar, Gene Fuchs on drums, Anthony Smith on sax, and Justin O'Neil on bass guitar. No stranger to the camera, Alva's own Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Lance McDaniel, stops long enough for a solo picture at Thursday night's gala.

"American Artists, Musicians & Writers" was the theme and, like last year, the artistry did not disappoint. Designers brought to life tablescapes reminiscent of the life and works of artists like Billie Holiday, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and even Michael Jackson. A couple of tables were also designed to showcase locals such as Jo Decker and the stars of ACT 1.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and table viewing during the opening hour while the Richard Hart Jazz Quartet played in the background. The quartet, comprised of Richard Hart, Justin O'Neil, Gene Fuchs, and Anthony Smith, filled the air with soothing sounds of jazz and blues music for the evening's entirety.

Serving as emcee for the second year in a row, Alva native Lance McDaniel welcomed guests, reminding them to submit their bids on the vast array of art in the silent auction. He spent the dinner hour socializing while guests enjoyed a meal by Catering Foodies LLC. (The menu was designed by Catering Foodies' own Executive Chef Scott Forrest.) McDaniel, executive director of the deadCenter Film Festival and an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, gave a film interlude midway through the evening.

Dr. Kay Decker and Todd Holder, both Alva Arts Alliance Gala co-chairs, gave special remarks as the night came to a close. Thanks were given for the gala's success to those who purchased tickets, sponsored tables and donated auction items, along with many others.


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