SJC arts fundraiser set for Friday at gallery

Mike Easterling
This bowl is one of the items featured in the silent auction at the Spring for Art fundraiser taking place this weekend at the Artifacts Gallery.

FARMINGTON – The members of the San Juan College Fine Arts Committee took a look this year at the every-other-year fundraiser they conduct to raise money for arts scholarships, equipment and programs at the school and decided that bigger wasn’t necessarily better.

“It’s the first year we’ve done it this way,” committee member Michael Bullock said of the more modest approach the group is taking with the Spring for Art fundraiser planned this weekend downtown. “Always before, it had been a full dinner and dance, but we looked around and realized there were a lot of other similar events being held. We thought, ‘We’ll kind of downsize it a little bit.”

This year’s event will feature appetizers and desserts, instead of a meal, but the price of admission is being substantially reduced to reflect that. Bulloch said tickets to past events were $50, while admission this year is only $12.50.

“It’s a lot more accessible now, but it’s still going to be a fun night,” he said.

Organizers also are hoping the move from the San Juan Country Club to the Artifacts Gallery will add a spark, hoping that holding the event in a gallery setting draws more people with a fondness for art.

While committee members aren’t certain how people will react to the new format, Bulloch said they aren’t worried about its impact on how much money they raise. He said the event generates most of its money from the silent auction that serves as the real attraction for the evening.

“We’ve downsized our expenses, too, so we could downsize the ticket price,” he said.

This year’s auction features almost 100 items by such well-known local artists as Randy Follis and Bulloch. There also will be door prizes and a raffle featuring a painting by Rod Hubble, a four-unit class offered by the college, a hand-dyed silk scarf by Kathy Walling, an SJC health center pass and a turned wood inlaid bowl.

Bulloch said the event usually brings in anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000, most of which the committee uses to pay for scholarships for students taking art classes at the college. The rest of the money is used to pay for arts programs at the school or to buy arts-related equipment, he said, explaining that one year, the committee purchased a kiln for the ceramics department.

This painting will be offered during the silent auction at the Spring for Art fundraiser for San Juan College art programs being held this weekend.

“Particularly in this uncertain economic climate, where everybody’s a little strapped for money, it’s a big help for the college,” he said. “Even in years past, when times were a little better, it was much appreciated.”

Bulloch emphasized that students do not have to be majoring in an arts subject to be eligible to receive a scholarship.

“They can be taking arts classes as an elective,” he said.

Music for the event will be provided by the Vintage People, and a cash bar will be operated by Wines of the San Juan.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.


If you go

What: 2016 Spring for Art fundraiser

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 18

Where: Artifacts Gallery, 302 E. Main St. in Farmington

Tickets: $12.50 at the gallery

For more information: Call Michael Bulloch at 505-716-6057