The Art of the Deal

In a time when art and music classes are being slashed from school curriculums, it’s more important than ever to support the local arts scene. Without it, our children may not grow up with a healthy appreciation for and understanding of the arts. Fortunately, Mount Dora is home to one of the most successful non-profit arts organizations in the country. But the Mount Dora Center for the Arts needs the continuing support of local art lovers to remain healthy.

Most of us are familiar with the annual MDCA-sponsored Mount Dora Arts Festival. But did you also know that MDCA hosts more than 75 programs and classes for Lake County residents—everything from art to dance—not to mention the gallery’s impressive exhibits? From tiny tots to seniors, they offer something for most everyone.

The arts in Mount Dora and the surrounding areas are thriving and the MDCA wants to keep pace. With plans for future expansion, support is needed more than ever. Each November the facility hosts its much-anticipated Art of the Deal Auction black-tie event. Consider this event the perfect opportunity to enjoy a premier auction, featuring fine, catered cuisine, an open top-shelf bar, casino gaming tables, DJ, and live and silent auctions, all while also supporting the arts. It’s a win-win situation. This year’s Casino Royale event will be held at the Donnelly Park building on Nov. 8.

“Fine artwork is donated for our silent auction by some of the nationally ranked artists featured in our annual art show,” says Executive Co-Chair Christina Padgett. “The Art of the Deal is a wonderful opportunity for local people to get dressed up and have a great night out. If they go home with a piece of artwork, that’s even better.”

Of course, long after the last game of blackjack is played, the center will still need your support. Becoming an exhibition sponsor is a unique way for a local business or individual to assist the arts.

“Sponsors develop community public relations and receive great exposure and marketing value for their donation,” says Padgett. “During the span of an exhibition, approximately 1,500 people visit the MDCA gallery. We can tailor a sponsorship and benefits package to meet a donor’s needs. We are always open to new ideas.”

When all is said and done, the Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a community-oriented, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an understanding and appreciation of art and culture through exhibitions, art festivals, and educational programs for everyone.

“We value the relationship and support of community businesses and leaders,” Padgett says. “This relationship allows the promotion of the arts and the support of local artists to occur.”

Save The Date

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from all over Central Florida and beyond to be part of the annual Mount Dora Arts Festival. Now in its 34th year, the festival features nearly 300 of the nation’s leading artists, filling the historic streets of Mount Dora with a colorful array of fine art including oils, glass, metal, sculpture, photography, watercolor, and jewelry.

Located on a hill overlooking scenic Lake Dora, and known for its antique shops and fine dining, historic Mount Dora is the perfect location for such a festival. This event will take place Feb. 7-8, 2009. Mark your calendars now!

The Art of the Deal
Donnelly Building, Mount Dora
Nov. 8 at 6pm
For tickets, call (352) 383-0880.

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