VC Art Gallery organizes its first fundraiser

Over 85 people attended the first fundraiser for the Valley Center Art Gallery.

The Valley Center Art Gallery held its first fundraising event, sponsored by Cosmic Solar, on Sunday, June 26 at the private home of a board member whose property abuts Rancho Guejito. The views from the property were reminiscent of early California.

More than 85 guests participated in a silent auction of 24 works of art donated by 16 artists from the region. Some of the most recognizable artist works included those of: Joe Garcia, Cathy Carey, David Miller, Barbara Scharnau, Gloria Warren, Julie Schneider-Ljubenkov, Carolyn McGraw, Mike Adams, Judith Shadzi, Sandy Zelasko and more.

George Speer of the Dos Valles Garden Club added to the artsy vibe with flower displays. Artwork prices ranged from $150 to $3,000 per item. There was something for everyone.

Attendees enjoyed canapes, sandwiches, steak tartare, shrimp and a variety of other delicacies provided, in part, by Chef Will and Country Junction Deli. Desserts were provided by Jimbo’s. Live music was by Greg Douglass, guitarist and Sheldon Rosenbaum, pianist.

Guests lined up all afternoon for Rincon Reservation Road Brewery beer supplied and served by Rik Mazzetti. The wine offered by Rancho Guejito Vineyard was appreciated by many, with some noting that they planned to visit the vineyard.

The fundraiser sponsors Bahram & Judith Shadzi of Cosmic Solar.

Guests arrived eagerly and left with an over-the-top experience. In addition to the art offerings, visitors received gift bags containing items from Cosmic Solar, Valley Center Nursery, Six Goats and Countryside Veterinary Hospital. Some lucky ticket holders went home with extra goodies from Pauma Vista Vineyards, Trader Joe’s, Oak Moon Kitchen and others. It was Christmas in June for everyone.

Bill Toone, founder of ECOLIFE and his wife, Sunni Black, were among the celebrities present. Toone’s recently released book, “On the Wings of the Condor” was another perk for guests who took home a free autographed copy.

Two guests said, “The Valley Center Art Gallery Board has proven to the community that the time has come for our own art gallery. Today’s experience is one you might expect to have at Rancho Santa Fe, but it’s here! Well done.” and “Amazing…that’s how I would describe the Valley Center Art Gallery’s first fundraising event. Any group that can produce an event of this nature will make the gallery.

On the left is Adrienne Cisnerros-Selekman, Community Relations Liaison for Office of Supervisor Jim Desmond, in the middle is Barbara Scharnau, Treasurer and on the far right Jim Courter, President, Valley Center Art Gallery. Cisnerros-Selekman presented the Valley Center Art Gallery with a certificate of commendation for enriching the community through local artists and artwork.

Jim Courter, President of the Valley Center Art Gallery, said, “We believe this event has demonstrated to the community that we are serious, dedicated, connected and capable of creating a much-needed art gallery for the Valley Center area. and beyond.

The Valley Center Art Gallery Board of Trustees were very grateful for the success of this event and the continued support of the community at large. To learn more, visit the Valley Center Art Gallery website to find out how you can volunteer, donate art, or become a founding member, today: valleycenterartgallery.org

VCAG Board of Directors (left to right): Jim Courter, President, Zee Ryken, Carolyn McGraw, Barbara Scharnau, Treasurer, Gloria Warren, Secretary, PJ Campbell.

William E. Bennett