Originally created 10/18/01

Art center fund-raiser offers food, wine



AIKEN - Fifteen boxes of wine goblets sit on a counter at the Aiken Center for the Arts waiting to be filled.

The center will hold its second annual fall signature fund-raiser, A Taste of Wine & Art, from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

While art still lines the center's walls, the vast hardwood floors will be filled tonight with tables offering samples of delicacies from 20 restaurants from the Aiken area and more than 80 wines from around the world.

A black baby grand piano sits by the window and waits to be played by jazz musician Wayne Lord.

A silent auction is offering artwork, pottery, jewelry and an honorary ownership of a horse from the famous Dogwood Stable during Aiken's Triple Crown.

"This has become considerably more successful than last year already because of the number of sponsors. We've doubled our sponsors," said Executive Director Don Edmunds.

Tickets for the event are $40. Mr. Edmunds said more than 450 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday, 100 more than last year. Only about 10 remained unsold.

"We've been very pleased with ticket sales. People who attended last year are coming back and encouraging their friends to come," said Thelma Lydle, co-chairwoman.

Funds from the event will go to support the center's operations. The center offers art and photography workshops for local residents and a summer arts camp for children.

Reach Carly Phillips at (803) 648-1395.

IF YOU GO

What: A Taste of Wine & Art fund-raiser for Aiken Center for the Arts

When: 7 to 9 p.m. today

Where: Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.

Cost: $40