Upstate Artists Guild Gala @ Normanside Country Club on Saturday

Just three years ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and possible eviction from its storefront gallery exhibition space on Lark Street in Albany. But thanks to lots of hard work by the all-volunteer staff and a series of fundraisers, the doors are still open.

“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art,” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”

The fundraising efforts continue on Saturday (February 28) with the fourth annual Upstate Artists Guild Gala from 6-10pm at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar, with a Champagne Preview from 5-6pm. And it all sounds like a rockin’ good time.

Entertainment for the Gala will include musical performances by Off the Record, Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Jesse Cohen-Greenberg and not an Airplane, as well as poetry performances by Dan Wilcox and Steven Minchin. Geo Doody will serve as emcee for the event, and DJ Duane Majer and DJ Jay Clarke will be spinning between performances to keep the fundraiser hopping.

Original artwork in a wide variety of media will be on exhibit and for sale throughout the evening. Silent auctions will feature artwork as well as gift certificates from a wide variety of local businesses. The festivities also include a 50/50 raffle, hors d’oeuvres & food stations and a cash bar. The Champagne Preview portion of the evening (5-6pm) will feature a buy-it-now option on silent auction items, as well as complimentary champagne.

Four tiers of advance tickets will be available: Honorary Committee ($100), Champagne Preview ($50), Couples Package ($70), General Admission ($40). Tickets will also be available at the door for $50 per person.

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