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Arts Initiative announces wine tasting

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Huntington Arts Initiative, Inc., will hold a wine tasting in early February. “Vino, Vittles and Vision” will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at The New Huntington Theater.

The event for those 21 and over is a fundraiser for the Arts Initiative's renovation of the buildings at the corner of Warren and Market Streets in downtown Huntington known as The Studio. The spaces will eventually house a professional gallery, a small professional stage, and classroom areas, all in keeping with the mission of The Studio to enrich, to entertain and to educate. Additional areas in the buildings are targeted to be office and studio space.

Debbie Dyer, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried formed the Huntington Arts Initiative, Inc., just over year ago. Najuch explained that the group hopes to benefit the community in many ways.

“The space for The Studio is a good resource to help foster a broader arts community and to promote further vitality in the downtown area,” Najuch said.

As the trio thought about fund raising ideas, they knew they wanted activities that would primarily give people something fun to do in downtown Huntington as well as bring in money for the project. After a wine tasting in January of 2010, the group sponsored a “Sock Hop for The Studio” and an outdoor art exhibit in downtown Huntington called “Dog Days of Summer,” for which local artists painted fire hydrants to resemble dogs. Attendance at these activities has been significant. Siegfried notes, “We are extremely grateful for the support we have been shown by the community for all of our events.” She continued, “What especially sticks in my mind is the fact that we had about 350 people in downtown Huntington the afternoon “Dog Days of Summer” opened.”

The response to last year's wine tasting has brought about some changes for this year's event. “We will have red and white wines offered at four stations instead of the two stations we had last year,” Najuch said. Appetizers, which will be both hot and cold as well as sweet and savory, will be available.

After the wine tasting, other fund raising events will continue this year. “Dance Through the Decades” will be held on April 29. The theme for this summer's fire hydrant painting will be announced in the spring. Renovations at The Studio have begun. Volunteers from the community and students from Huntington schools have helped gut the interior of the corner building. These tireless workers have made a lasting impression on Dyer.

“We treasure every person who has helped us with the renovation,” Dyer said. “They have taken on ownership of this project that will brighten and enhance our community,” she added.

Volunteer workdays for 2011 will be announced at the wine tasting. In addition, photos from all of the fundraisers and workdays will be on display. Dyer, Najuch and Siegfried will be on hand to answer questions.

Tickets for “Vino, Vittles and Vision” are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Anyone wanting tickets can visit or call 260-454-0449. All proceeds from the event will go toward the renovation of The Studio.