Art lovers raise funds – by dancing!

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“They got rhythm…and they ain’t singing the blues”:  band members Keith Glass, Alistair Dennett, and Mike Turenne play to a packed dance floor at the Stone School Gallery’s Celebrating Our Volunteers fundraiser, April 1st.

Cheryl Dolan



“They got rhythm…and they ain’t singing the blues”:  band members Keith Glass, Alistair Dennett, and Mike Turenne play to a packed dance floor at the Stone School Gallery’s Celebrating Our Volunteers fundraiser, April 1st.

Cheryl Dolan

PORTAGE-DU-FORT – The Stone School Gallery was rocking April 1 to celebrate spring and raise funds to honour Pontiac Artists’ Association (PAA) volunteers, later this year.  The band, with Juno award winner Keith Glass played vintage rock n’ roll for the 65 to 70 people packing the dance floor.  
Last fall, a committee was formed to prepare an evening honouring the many volunteers who have helped the Pontiac Artists’ Association become the strong cultural organization it is today. The Celebrating Our Volunteers event will be held September 23 at the Jack Graham Hall in Bristol.
Committee chair Élaine Gaudet, introduced three of the original founders of the Pontiac Artists’ Studio Tour: Elke Bzdurreck, Dale Shutt and Katharine Fletcher. The Studio Tour is now   under the umbrella of the Pontiac Artists’ Association,  as are the Stone School Gallery, the Pontiac School of the Arts and the Artists’ Residency Program.
Gaudet also highlighted the dance’s sponsors, which included Masonry Stove Builders  of Greermount who sponsored the band, the Pontiac Journal for advertising/promotion, and Nicole and Edward Thompson of Depanneur Thompson who sponsored the bar .   A pleased Gaudet  commented:  “We raised enough to reach the first step. Now, we go into high gear for the main event in September.  That will also be a night filled with music, dancing and celebration…so watch for more news in the months to come!”
Anyone who has volunteered  with the PAA in its history can nominate themselves or others for this recognition  on the website www.ourvolunteers.ca/artpontiac.