Arts Bash has continued to grow and improve throughout the years and has built it’s reputation as one of the most anticipated events of the winter at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The event is a fundraiser for departments in the College of Fine Arts and Communications where students benefit.
All proceeds are used to fund scholarships for students studying theatre and dance as well as art and design. Tickets can be purchased for $50 in advance or $75 at the door for community members and $25 for students and faculty.
The event consists of an art sale from 7 to 10 p.m., with various dance and theatre performances by students starting at 7:30 p.m.
“I like to do a little bit of everything in life, and having my artwork displayed, as well as the chance for someone to buy it and hang it on their wall, is exciting,” said Steven Macherey, communication major. “It’s a real honor to be a part of this event because it’s not just the student artists giving it their best, but the community too.”
Susan Spencer Varela, UWSP alumna, will emcee for Arts Bash this year. She has performed on Broadway and national tours. Some of her work includes portraying Fatine in “Les Miserables,” Jo March in “Little Women,” Eva in “Evita,” Grizabella in “Cats,” and soloist in “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” at Radio City Music Hall.
Varela has also done commercials for Olay, Kohl’s, Strinhafels, Fleet Farm, and the Wisconsin Lottery. She might also be recognized from the TLC show “A Baby Story.”
“Arts Bash is one of the most exciting events of the year in the spring semester. Arts Bash provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work as well as that the event is great because it raises scholarship funds for Theatre and Dance, and art students,” said Elaine Stone, dance major. “This support helps to nurture the growing talent and artist expression of the students.”
Various food vendors will be sponsoring food for attendees to enjoy. This year’s food and drink sponsors include Emy J’s, Café Espresso, Polito’s Pizza, Father Fats, Sugar Doll, O’so Brewing Co, Great Northern Distilling, and The Central Waters Brewing Company.
“I went to Arts Bash last year. It’s such a great event. The performances are amazing and the food is to die for, so why not, ya know?” said Jaya White, acting major. “I’d kill for Father Fats mini grilled cheese right about now!”
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverage samples will be available to those in attendance. A cash bar will also be available. To end the evening, a dance party is organized for the attendees starting at 9:30 p.m.
Formal attire is encouraged for those who attend. To add a whimsical aspect to the night, a photo booth will be present to capture moments with friends and family.
Arts Bash will be taking place on Feb. 6 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Noel Fine Arts Center.
Story by: Riddhi Gandhi
Video by: Brian Davila