Interurban Center for the Arts to Host "Be Artful" Feb. 23 to Support Art Docent Programs in Local Schools

Top Quote Green River Community College Foundation's Interurban Center for the Arts is hosting a fundraiser Feb. 23 to raise money to support art docent programs in local elementary schools. End Quote
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (1888PressRelease) February 08, 2017 - The Interurban Center for the Arts is excited to host its fourth annual fundraiser, Be Artful, on Thursday, February 23 (6 - 10 PM) at Green River Community College's Lindbloom Student Center (Auburn campus, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092). All proceeds from this fun-filled event will raise money to elevate art education in local elementary schools.

    Guests will come together to create their own masterpiece while enjoying signature bites, a silent auction and live music from Root5, a local Americana band. Participants can join two of three distinctive art activities. The events featured artist, Wen Qian, will lead a painting project using coffee. A sample is pictured below. Artist Alice Kares will lead a project using alcohol inks, and artist Miranda Ward will lead a painting project using wine and oil pastels.

    "Art is a language. I use form and color instead of letters and numbers to communicate," said featured artist Wen Qian. "Every piece has its own story, and the beautiful part is each and every one of us perceives the story differently. Each person connects to the artist at various levels while looking at artwork. I communicate with the viewer by sharing my stories which show how I perceive the world."

    Previously called Painting with the Stars, this year's event has a fresh new feel with the guests becoming the artists, thus the name change - Be Artful.

    "The Green River College Foundation is proud to make a difference in a child's education by putting dedicated and caring adults into the lives of young children. The ICA feels that all children should have the opportunity to perceive and imagine art. In our efforts as an organization and college, our mission is to level the playing field by providing excellence in education," said Monica Tolas, ICA program director.

    Tickets for Be Artful are available online for $25 per person or $40 for two people. Guests must be 21 or older to participate. Casual attire is appropriate for those who want to create their own art.

    For more information about Be Artful, contact Monica Tolas at 253-833-9111 ext. 2735 or via email at ica ( @ ) greenriver dot edu. To buy tickets online, visit

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