Celebrate local art scene at MardiDraw 2018

Feb. 9, 2018 at 12:20 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2018 at 12:20 p.m.

Allison Marek

Allison Marek   Photo contributed by Images by Dayna for The Victoria Advocate

Over the past two or three years, I have really made an effort to involve myself more in our community. Yes, admittedly, this has put a real cramp in my 9 p.m. bedtime, but it has also paid off in spades. Because I’ve pushed myself outside my typical pajama-clad comfort zone, I have met some truly amazing, talented and selfless people. A big part of what makes these people so special to me is the fact that once you have them by your side, they are there for life.

A perfect example of this would be my girls Ingra Sparkman, Lanelle Mantey, Dayna Wiles and Celina Yoast. Four very different women I am lucky enough to count as friends. I met each of them through one of the others, and the rest is history.

Well, not exactly history as we are all coming together this Friday to help raise money for Victoria Art League, and it’s Healing Art Program. About a month ago, I was one of five recipients of a text message from Lanell asking if we wanted to be involved with a Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser she had in mind for the Art League. And, me being me, ignored the fact that I’m simultaneously planning a wedding, remodeling a 140-year old house and working full-time, jumped right in. How could I pass up on the opportunity to work with some of my favorite women and do something beneficial for our community?

What began as Lanell’s idea for a small fundraiser has now exploded into MardiDraw 2018 thanks to the mad genius that is Ingra Sparkman. Set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at 905 S. Bridge Street, otherwise known as the Victoria Art League building, MardiDraw 2018 will include everything from pottery demos to painting with Paint the Town to a gumbo cook off and King Cake, of course.

Now, you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a king and queen, right? As such, Joel Sager and Brandee Bratton have both been gracious enough to donate their time as MardiDraw King and Queen. What exactly does that involve? I honestly have no clue, so you will have to some and see for yourself. I can tell you that because the ultimate goal is to celebrate our local artists, the girls have even commissioned Josh Vega of Free Art Victoria to create brilliant thrones for the King and Queen that in and of themselves are pieces of art.

The real question I know you really want to know is what does one wear to a MardiDraw party? Well, the good news is this event is an anything goes kind of situation. By now, you all know my mantra of “I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed” but obviously this philosophy is not for everyone. At the end of the day, this event is meant to celebrate art in Victoria, raise a little money to support the Healing Art Project and to have a fabulous time. It is Mardi Gras after all.

Oh, I almost forgot. This event is free to everyone. You literally have zero excuses not to come out and support our city’s local art scene.

Allison Marek was born to shop. For more information on any of her fabulous finds, go to facebook.com/FGGPersonalShopping or email her at fashionablegirlsguide@yahoo.com.



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