A painting by Carroll artist Stephen Ballou will be available for sale at a fine arts night benefiting the Carroll Public Library next Thursday.
A painting by Carroll artist Stephen Ballou will be available for sale at a fine arts night benefiting the Carroll Public Library next Thursday.

August 29, 2018

The fine arts will be the star during an event in Carroll next week.

The event also will allow attendees to support the Carroll Public Library modernization project as they enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to purchase local art.

The Carroll Public Library Foundation has organized a fine arts night to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Carroll Country Club.

With a soundtrack provided by Carroll-area orchestra All Strings Attached, attendees will be able to sample wine from area vendors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and bid on a wide variety of donated art, mostly from local artists.

Some of the art — which includes paintings, prints, photography, posters and some sculpture and ceramics items — will be available through a silent auction, while other pieces will be sold at a set price.

“We were shocked at how willing artists were to share their talent and work with us,” said Janet Auge, vice president of the library board of trustees.

All Strings Attached members are donating their time, and the country club donated the space for the event.

Several local wine vendors will have products at the event for sampling, and Hy-Vee representatives will be available during the sampling as well. The country club will provide the hors d’oeuvres, which could include meatballs, flatbread pizza, a veggie tray and spinach dip.

“We thought this was a fun idea to highlight local artists and do something that hasn’t really been done in Carroll, at least not in recent history,” said Sondra Rierson, president of the library board of trustees and a member of the foundation.

Carroll residents have been generous in donating to the library foundation, Auge said, and the fine arts night gives them the opportunity to donate as part of an event — providing a fun evening out even as they support a local project.

“We think this is probably the first event where it has just been a fine arts focus that has really been able to showcase all the amazing talents of the local artists and musicians in the area,” she said. “And then adding in that it supports a charity — I think it really makes it a dynamic event.”

The event is just another step in the foundation’s efforts to raise $2.5 million to support the city’s library modernization project, Rierson said.

“The foundation is dedicated to meeting our goal of $2.5 million like we originally promised, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get to that goal,” she said. “We will continue to do fundraisers until we meet our goal.”

Tickets for the event cost $15 per person or $25 per couple. They can be purchased in advance at Carroll Public Library, Commercial Savings Bank, Artworks Studio and Toploft Clothing.

Those interested in attending also can go to the library foundation’s PayPal (Carroll Public Library Foundation, www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1774669) and donate the ticket cost and then contact the foundation via Facebook or one of the numbers below to notify foundation members of how many tickets were purchased.

For more information about buying tickets, contact one of the following foundation members or library trustees: Sondra Rierson (712-292-8219), Janet Auge (816-351-5627) or Jacob Fiscus (712-792-5030).