Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mini Arts Camp for Tots

Little ones are visiting the Cook Arts Center twice a week for an hour this summer to experiment in the arts.

Cook Arts Center Director Amy Brower and volunteers guide the tots through a variety of art projects, finishing with a story and a snack.

Today, the group worked on creating some embellished hats out of construction paper. They turned out beautifully!

The Tots Mini Art Camp meets Tuesday and Thursday's from 10:30-11:30am during June and July. Call Amy at 742-0692 for more information or to register!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thanks for helping make Dia del Sol a SUCCESS!

Dancers from Grupo Tarasco perform outside the Cook Arts Center as guests arrive at Dia del Sol.

GAAH held our annual fundraising event, Dia del Sol, last Thursday at the Cook Arts Center. The event, which featured a fantastic buffet by Chef Tommy Fitzgerald, music by mariachi band Son de Mexico, entertainment by our very own Mexican folkloric dance troupe Grupo Tarasco, and a silent acution featuring great artwork and exciting experience packages.

Delicious, creative fare by Chef Tommy Fitzgerald.

Thanks to YOU, this year's event raised over $20,000!

Son de Mexico

Money raised will go directly to support the Cook Library Center and Cook Arts Center facilities and their programs.

Guests enjoy the buffet at Dia del Sol...

Guests mingle on the upper level, placing bids on the student-made quilts up for auction.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

State Farm Insurance
Tommy FitzGerald Group

Robert & Juanita Baltierrez
The Grand Rapids Press
Select Bank

Jerry & Tony Clay
Dominican Sisters - Grand Rapids
Grand Valley State University
John Hunting
Huntington Bank
Kent Beverage Company
Lacks Enterprises
Lighthouse Insurance Group
Macatawa Bank
Miller Johnson, Attorneys & Counselors
MOSS Telecom
RoMan Manufacturing, Inc. / Quality Brass Foundry
Charles & Stella Royce
Steelcase, Inc.
Universal Forest Products

Andy & Mary Angelo
Belden Brick & Supply Company
Marcia & Ken Borowka
Century A&E
Consumers Energy Company
Dolinka, Van Noord & Company
Jimmy & Eileen Duty
Fifth Third Bank
Gene & Tubie Gilmore
Beth Goebel
Jose & Lynne Hernandez
Chet & Elaine Maternowski
Mercantile Bank of West Michigan
Presto Print, Inc.
Service Reproduction Company
Gary & Jan Walker
Richard & Barbara Young

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Día del Sol 2009

GAAH is pleased once again to host Día del Sol, our annual fundraiser that supports the programs of the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center. Our 2009 event, which takes place at the Cook Arts Center on Thursday, June 18, will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres, Latin music, and a silent auction with a wide array of unique items.

Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, and single tickets are now on sale for $40.00 a person. To make your reservation or receive sponsorship materials, please contact Joanne Roehm at jroehm@gaah.org or 742-0692.

Contributing Artists:

Jerry Berta

Dianne Carroll Burdick

T. Conran-Rothwell

Peggy DePersia

Oswaldo Garces

Alynn Guerra

Madeline Kaczmarczyk

Ken Kolker

Roli Mancera

Sarah Lynne Martin

Gretchen Minnhaar

Erick Pichardo

Santo Placencia

Ande Roeser

Roger Timermanis

Kim VandenBerg

Phil Wilson

Other Fabulous Items:

Italian Feast on the Grand

A five-course Italian dinner for eight served up in a downtown condominium overlooking the Grand River at the historic Sixth Street Bridge. Hosted by Arts Center co-founder Mary Angelo and her husband, Andy, a GAAH board member.

A Taste of the Big Easy

A New Orleans-style dinner for six on Grand Rapids' west side featuring a tour of a private art collection, including an 11-foot-high miniature castle filled with artifacts from around the world. Hosted by Timothy Chester and Henry Matthews

McCabe-Marlowe House Dinner with a Poetic Twist

You and five friends will enjoy a sumptuous dinner at this historic mansion in Heritage Hill and a captivating conversation with two venerated local poets, Linda Nemec Foster and David Cope. The dinner is catered by students from the award-winning culinary arts program at GRCC.

Chef’s Table At Home for 8

Executive chef Tommy FitzGerald will put on a memorable meal for you and your guests at your home (wine not included). Value: $1,500

A Week to Remember

A one-week vacation for up to six in a two-bedroom, two-bath condo at your choice of a resort in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Rosarito Beach, Florida, or Colorado. Value: $1,000

For the Beauty of the Earth

Nationally renowned garden designer Stephen J. Rosselet will visit your Grand Rapids-area property for two hours of landscape design consultation.

Value: $380

Grand Getaway

A one-night stay at the luxurious Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. The deluxe room for two includes access to the plaza fitness center, including heated pool and hot tub. Also, enjoy dinner at Leo’s with a $75 gift certificate.

Value: $225

Opening Night

Celebrate the 2009-10 performance season with a pair of passes to opening nights for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Classical Concert (Sept. 18 or 19) and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company’s Main Stage Season Opener (Oct. 30 or Nov. 1).

Value: $220

Art Journaling: A Path to Self-Discovery

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood will lead a 3-hour art journaling workshop for up to 6 people. The participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and nurture their creative spirits using a variety of artistic techniques combined with writing exercises. Location options include a participant’s home or the Cook Arts Center. Jennifer is the producer of the CraftSanity podcast and blogs about art and craft at www.CraftSanity.com. She writes features and a weekly art and craft column for The Grand Rapids Press.

Kids’ Party at the Cook Arts Center

Invite up to 15 kids for a party or play date at the Cook Arts Center. We will tailor the party to your child and his/her friends (ages 4 -10). Activities may include a creative movement dance class, musical instrument “jam session,” art projects, storytime, and age-appropriate games. Hearty Lunch will be provided for all invitees, as will a goody-bag on the way out.

Value: Priceless

Meijer “Fitness” Package

Includes Wii System, Wii Fit, Wii Sports Kit Pro, Wii 5-in-1 Fitness Bundle.

Value: $440

Donated by Meijer

Meijer “Travel” Basket

Includes Magellan RoadMate 1412 GPS, Fuji Fine Pix 230 Digital Camera, and more.

Value: $425

Donated by Meijer

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(photos from our 2008 event)