Heart of the Arts Fundraiser

Leap Day gala to feature “Battle of the Bands,” art auction

Local musicians will engage in some friendly competition during the PRCA’s annual fundraiser, Heart of the Arts, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Old No. 1 Southside in Morris. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Leap Day gala will feature a lively “Battle of the Bands.” Four local musical groups will each perform a set. The music begins at 7:00 p.m. with the popular barbershop harmonies of the Morris Kiwanis Quartet, followed by Alex McIntosh Performs at 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Flattgrass Revival plays and sings your favorite bluegrass tunes, followed by jazz combo WSC at 9:00 p.m. 

The audience will have the chance to vote for their favorite bands. (Ballot-box stuffing and vote buying will be encouraged!) The Battle of the Bands is part of a new initiative from the PRCA to showcase local music. 

The Heart of the Arts event will also include an art auction with Kevin Manney as auctioneer. Artwork on the live auction includes two garden sculptures, paintings, pottery, and fine jewelry and glassware by local artists. The auction also includes a garden party for 10 from Vicky Dosdall, and a private home concert for eight with wine and chocolate tastings from Josh Fischer. There will be a special musical performance by Fischer during the live auction.

The gala includes a homemade dessert buffet, as well as a silent auction with many artworks. Cash bar will also be available. 

The Heart of the Arts fundraiser provides a substantial portion of the PRCA’s annual revenue, and helps support the downtown art gallery, as well as a summer arts camp for kids, rotating art exhibits, adult art classes, and other arts events.

Tickets are available in advance at the gallery, Prairie Art and Gifts, 630 Atlantic Ave., Morris, or that evening at the door.

Adults: $15, or two for $25.
High school and college students: $5.
Elementary school kids: free admission.