The fourth anniversary of Arts & Flowers, held July 20th at the W.O. Smith Music School, was the most successful fundraiser for ALIAS to date. The packed house of art enthusiasts contributed more than $26,000 in sponsorships, ticket sales and of course art sales – including 19 unique pieces from local artists and the sale of the accompanying exquisite floral arrangements.
This year’s event received extensive media coverage, including representatives from Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, Nfocus and Unite Magazine.
“We’re so grateful to everyone who participated,” says ALIAS Executive Director Jim Robert. “I especially want to thank our co-chairs Miss Daisy King and George Clark. Also, our photo booth from GenerationDomination.com, along with Ruthie Cherry’s jewelry trunk show and the delectable Sweet Shop sponsored by Southwestern/Great American were all a huge hit.”
(Those who participated in the photo booth can view their photos here)
Guests also enjoyed a wide array of spirits and tapas provided by West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart, Belcourt Taps, Music City Flats, Daily Dish, the Infinity Restaurant Group, Rumours and Miel Restaurant.
This year’s “Best in Show” choice by the celebrity judges went to artist Amanda Norman with her painting “To Bee or Not To Bee” with florals by Lynne Wallman. Event attendees were able to vote for the “Best Artist” – Lisa McReynolds and “Best Florist” – Shea Freeman Patrick.
And of course no Arts &Flowers would be complete without a live performance by the ALIAS musicians, and this year ALIAS performed twice for event attendees, as well as a special Patron’s performance. After an enthusiastic round of applause, awards were given to current and past Board members for going above and beyond to make ALIAS a success:
- The 3rd Annual Judith Hodges Spirit of the Arts Award: ALIAS Board member Ron York
- The first ALIAS Volunteer of the Year Awards: Recent ALIAS Board members Laura Alabed and Andi Bordick
Look for an announcement coming soon to mark your calendar for next year’s Arts & Flowers!