Art Connection-RI to hold annual fundraiser April 3

Art Connection-RI to hold annual fundraiser April 3

PAWTUCKET – Art Connection-RI, the state-wide nonprofit dedicated to transforming community service nonprofit organizations through the placement of original artwork, announces its eighth annual fundraiser on Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m., at Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave. The event is open to the public.

Since their founding in 2011, AC-RI has placed over 1000 original pieces of art in 73 different service agencies throughout the state.

Art Connection Founder, Wendy Ingram, is quite proud of this accomplishment, but also said the work is not done yet. "We are delighted to have placed this many artworks at community service agencies throughout Rhode Island, but we can only continue to provide these free, permanent donations with the help from our community. This year we partnered up with Friends Way in Warwick, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center in Pawtucket, and Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, just to name a few."

Each year AC-RI recognizes individuals or organizations for their outstanding achievements in Art in Rhode Island. This year, the Featured Artist/Donor Award will go to Sarah and Tom “Abbott” Gleason.

“Tom was a talented artist who painted everything from European landscapes to bright abstract shapes,” said Jim Scott, AC-RI board president. “After his passing from complications with Parkinson’s disease, his wife Sarah has generously given over 20 of his beautiful artworks to our art placement program.”

Mastering the ceremonies again this year will be special guest Alison Bologna, founder and director of Shri Yoga in Pawtucket, and award-winning journalist.

New to the event will be the multitalented Brett Davey who will facilitate the live art auction, featuring original artwork from Flying Shuttles Studios, Pawtucket’s award-winning art program that supports the creative endeavors of artists and weavers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Also at the event will be music from the Brooks DeBossu Jazz duo and a silent auction featuring items from businesses and organization throughout the state, as well as food donated from area restaurants and a cash bar.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at .