The summer social season was kicked off with two popular annual events, the Wine Festival and Memories in the Making Art Auction.
After 13 successful years benefiting The Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, event planners this year merged their Wine Festival with Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s “Mountain of the Sun Celebration” to create the 14th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs.
While the Dance Theatre will remain a beneficiary, the larger purpose will be to establish a “Fund for the Arts” to support development efforts of many art-focused initiatives in the Colorado Springs community.
The festival began with the sold-out Grand Tasting at the Broadmoor International Center April 29. More than 300 varieties of wine were poured as guests mingled and perused silent auction items as they sampled culinary offerings from many of the area’s best restaurants and caterers.
The next day, Winemaker Seminars featured secrets of distinguished vintners including Gary Eberle of Eberly Winery; Bob Lindquist of Qupe Wine Cellars; Richard Longoria of Richard Longoria Wines and Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards. The festival concluded that evening with the gala Winemakers Dinner and Live Auction at the Garden of the Gods Club.
Event planners Michele Wolf and Mary Klever believe the Fund for the Arts will have more than $2 million working to support Colorado Springs community arts groups.
Among guests included committee co-chairs Elizabeth Youngquist and Michele Wolf; Jim Little and Peggy McKinlay of Coaltrain Wine and Liquor; Michelle Talarico of The Picnic Basket/Cravings; Connie King, Russ Noblett, Monika Randall, Barbara Black, Kris Faricy, Brian Bennett and Cynthia Chartier-Cohn.
Guests were invited to an “Evening in Paris” at the Seventh Annual Memories in the Making art auction May 7 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Fifty silent auction and 19 live auction paintings were admired during the cocktail hour at the event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
All paintings were created by individuals with dementia and memory loss. Some of the auction paintings were paired with pieces (including paintings, photography, glass sculpture and jewelry) from renowned local artists.
The paintings, created in weekly art sessions, offer participants a tangible means of expression, as well as providing artwork that can be judged on its own merit.
Committee members included Jean Black, Jean Boylan, Wendy Bradley, Evelyn Brown, Susie Buckley, April Carvatt, Nancy Chesnutt, Kay Conger, Cynthia Del Ponte, Lani Dill, Marcy Dill, Nancy Entenza, Courtney Hanou, Jayne Keller, Amy Locke, Chandra McCall, Mari Lu McGinnis, Rosemary McDermott, Cindi Nagai, Belinda Nygren, Candice Pulliam, Rose Reinhardt, Heather Robertson, Kathy Rowan, Pat Rubano, Christine Serr, Shawna Silver, Sherri Wheeler and Jill Williams.