Every year, the Hutchinson Center for the Arts holds a charity gala called Night for the Arts. There will be local celebrities, professional artists, entertainment, and plenty of hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
This year it will be held Saturday, February 17th with a “Love Boat” cruise ship theme. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes such as vacation wear, nautical themed, 70/80s attire, or come as star-studded celebrities. This event will take place at the Crow River Country Club with VIP guests boarding the ship at 6:30pm and general passengers boarding at 7pm.
Individual tickets are $75/ticket and Corporate Table VIP Tickets are $800/table.
Corporate sponsors this year include Citizens Bank and Trust Co., Melchert, Hubert, and Sjodin, New Era Financial Group, Inc., Vivid Image, Welcome Home Management, Factory Direct Furniture, Pride Solutions, Stearnswood, MITGI, American Family Insurance, and Hutchinson Manufacturing.
In the past, “celebrity artists” from the community have come to the Clay Coyote to make a piece to be auctioned off at the end of the night during the live auction. Past artists have included Jim Fahey, Dr. David Mach, Anthony Hanson, Dr. Cris Remucal, Dr. Chuck Neufield, and many others.
This year, the Clay Coyote welcomed County Commissioner Joe Nagel to the studio. Joe has been an active member in the community since he moved here almost two decades ago. His passion for community service is something very close to his heart. He was the board chair for the McLeod County Alliance for Domestic Violence, vice chair for the Hutchinson Center of Commerce and Tourism, involved in the Hutchinson Youth Basketball Association, and countless other organizations. Joe also works for the Hutchinson Police Department.
Joe spent the afternoon with Betsy learning about pottery and glazes, and how to put the two together.
A few practice trials of glazing were needed before the real deal. Nerves are high, but after some time and Betsy’s help, comfortability set in and his masterpiece was made.
No spoilers on how it turned out! You’ll have to attend the gala to see the piece for yourself!
To buy tickets please visit the Hutchinson Center for the Arts website or call them at 320-587-7278.