Goin’ Mad at the Rad

DAI FUNDRAISER APRIL 2

19 Comments

Heather

about 11 years ago

Tickets are 100 dollars a person?! I'm all for supporting local arts, but yikes! I'd consider my husband and I to be the target audience for an event like this: avid Mad Men watchers, young professionals (I'm even a working artist myself), and regular attendees of community fund-raising events. But I don't know, 200 dollars plus (auction bids, costumes, drinks at the event) per couple seems like it's clearly an evening reserved for well-established Duluthians, and inaccessible art to to the rest of us.

digit3

about 11 years ago

I didn't read the small print but I would assume that the cost of the tickets is tax deductible as a donation. Also assuming that they aren't in some huge ballroom at the Rad, they shouldn't have a problem filling their event at $100/head. If they were to lower the ticket price it would also sell out but their proceeds obviously would be reduced by 50%. As to inaccessible, can't you go to the DAI without attending this soiree?

Nice poster design BTW.

calk

about 11 years ago

Heather, I'm on the planning committee. That issue came up, but like digit3 points out, it's a fundraiser, meant to raise money so that artists like yourself can continue to educate themselves through DAI classes and express themselves through DAI exhibits and shows. 

P.S. Don't listen to Adam.

J

about 11 years ago

Is there a way to bid on the works without attending the event?

calk

about 11 years ago

That's a good question, J, I'll get back to everyone on that. I'd be surprised  if there were... 

But for $100, it's going to be a DEAL! Food! Twister games! Trivia Quiz! Special cocktail in honor of the occasion! People! Art! Fun!

hg chicken

about 11 years ago

I think some local art is way overpriced not saying some artists don't deserve $ ... I just think some artists are hobbyists asking way too much for their art work but hey what do I know?

TimK

about 11 years ago

Careful, HG Chicken. If the plastic WalMart products are too expensive for you, no one is holding a gun to your head. If the hand-crafted necklace made of Thompsonite and silver is too expensive for you, likewise. Maybe it's who I hang out with, but none of my artist friends consider their pursuit a "hobby"- to a person it is their calling.

calk

about 11 years ago

Exactly. If you think local artists charge too much, don't patronize them. It's too bad you don't appreciate the incredible talent of local artists, some of whom are nationally-renowned, and could live anywhere, but choose to create their art here. We're pretty damn fortunate, if you ask me.

wildgoose

about 11 years ago

I could never afford this even though I do value art.  I hope it does well but don't feel bad if it doesn't.  Heather is right that really is a lot of money (not saying you're not worth a lot either Tim K, I just happen to agree with her.)

I agree the poster is wonderful and I like the fun of the concept.  Many people "miss" opportunities to dress up for a serious night on the town in a place where a flannel shirt is not particularly out of place in the theater, galleries or even at the symphony (I wore mine to the lollipop concert so I'm no better than anyone else there).

digit3

about 11 years ago

Whether one finds local art too expensive or the price of attending this fundraiser too much, it is all relative. I may be able to afford the donation to get in and think that it is a worthwhile expenditure. I hope that the event does well and would feel bad if it doesn't. I think that it comes down to advertising the event properly. There are many folks in this town who are willing to part with their funds to support local art at the $100 level.

hg chicken

about 11 years ago

Tim, come to Beaner's and I'll show you my Thompsonite collection and earrings.  What I'm saying is, people around here do simple arts and crafts stuff that shouldn't be in art shops.  I was in Billings, Montana, and a lot of the art pictures and especially welded sculptures are, in my opinion, a lot more happening than Duluth's scene. It's an opinion. You don't have to agree with it.

Timk

about 11 years ago

"People around here do simple arts and crafts stuff" - really? That's your brilliant observation based on work you saw in Montana? Go pick a fight with Jim, not Tim. Where in Duluth are you looking- Holiday Stations are not art stores. Go ahead, name the establishments that have let you down so that I can compare our opinions. We might agree.....

Hg Chicken

about 11 years ago

Coffee at beaners Tim...

Fist off i Do appreciate some of the local talent we have in duluth mn. 

 The lizard place?? not sure of the name on superior street....has mind blowing paintings that I appreciate and some of that beadwork stuff that is past beautiful... they also have some of durfees glass which is beautiful...some really talented glass blowers in the area... I am talking about the place in The dewitt building that has tons of art in it...some of it is cool but i have seen some stuff you would teach at a well how can i say girls night out craft night that someone put on.... Theres tons of these driftwood and stone frames down there and at a couple other places in town not sure if its the same person or several different people.

Art is great way for people to relieve stress and what not....

What do you think of the sculptures that are scattered on the top side of the boardwalk? i personally think they are horrid...just like my spelling and lack of checking what i write on blog sites i like to watch people cringe in horror.... 

one of the artists that had stuff on display in bozeman..in bozeman is almost 1/3 size of duluth...

http://www.bearcanyonschool.com/photo_gallery.php

http://www.malenpierson.com/  stuff all over the usa...
and photos from Dennis Kirkland some of his stuff was on big canvas for 200 bucks i think and that seemed like a sweet deal compared to some cough cough i am not going to put any names in the blank person in duluth is selling his canvas pictures for 400 bucks plus good for him if he gets that money i just think mr kirkland has quite the collection of beautiful pictures for an HONEST price....


http://www.altitudegallerybozeman.com/large-image.asp?pieceId=143&pieceOrder=23&artistId=22

http://www.altitudegallerybozeman.com/large-image.asp?pieceId=139&pieceOrder=19&artistId=22


http://www.altitudegallerybozeman.com/large-image.asp?pieceId=1138&pieceOrder=26&artistId=22[img]http://www.bearcanyonschool.com/images/albums/NewAlbum_3da73/35-malen-owl-for-web.jpg[/img]

zra

about 11 years ago

Not to nitpick, but I've been to Billings, and it's not exactly a cultural mecca. Aside from being the spot where 90 and 94 split, there isn't much else to say about it. So far as artistic talent goes, Duluth is on par with Taos, Bozeman or any one of the art centers of note, albeit maybe a little underdeveloped due to geography...and most artisis here *are* serious about what they do. Underestimating creativity is a dangerous thing.

Sinatra

about 11 years ago

I saw some metal people in front of Miller Dwan .. they were naked .. that's art right? Seriously though, from more traditional venues such as studio arts and literature to underground forms like experinmental music and extreme crafting I'd say this is a highly vibrant arts culture. It's the lake. Every artist I know references the lake in some way. Now I'm a super-rich dead pop star and I lived the madman life when it was what we did, not what we dressed up doin ... I'll be there, supporting all the cockamamie artists.

Hg Chicken

about 11 years ago

Zra cultural meccas have del taco. So Billings obviously is one.

Tony D.

about 11 years ago

I can't afford a $100 ticket either, and I doubt many PDDers can. But then I was skeptical when they charged $100 for the NorShor/Orpheum Centennial Fundraiser last summer and that drew a great crowd.

It's like I would like to tell those who are against high speed rail simply because they wouldn't use it: just because you can't imagine yourself doing something (riding a train the Twin Cities; paying $100 for $10 worth of snacks and drinks) doesn't necessarily make it a bad idea. 

And try to keep in mind that it's not about whether you "get" for your $100 worth out of the evening--drinks, food, and entertainment--but rather about that $100 going to a cause you believe in. And to tip your servers if you go, because they're probably volunteering. And that most of what you consumed was donated. And that the entertainers weren't paid. Nor the folks who set it up and will have to tear it down and clean.

If you believe in a cause but can't afford a ticket, try what I tried last summer: I couldn't afford the NorShor fundraiser, so I volunteered, met some good folks I hadn't known before, and ended up making a contribution I was really proud of. You can't buy something like that.

Claire

about 11 years ago

Nicely put, Tony. I am volunteering my time for this fundraiser, and even though I'm a little worried about money (Mr Claire is a public employee in WI -- enough said) we're also shelling out the cash to attend. Why? Because Duluth has the most vibrant arts community of any community I've ever lived in -- and believe me, I've lived a lot of places. DAI is the hub of this incredible arts community and it makes Duluth a better place for us to live. Worth supporting.

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