Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross

FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center will be joining the American Red Cross to recognize their heroes in an open gala on April 28 at the Thunder Island Oasis, 21 Wilcox Road.

“Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross” will be a culminating event that will give acknowledgment to those who have been donating and raising funds during the Red Cross’s recent Hero campaign.

The purpose of the gathering is not only to recognize these heroes, but to also bring their actions and accomplishments to life through art. Through this, the organizations hope to get exposure for the heroes, and also for the local artists as well.

The CNY Arts Center will be hosting the event, and plans to showcase nearly a dozen artists who will be creating their artwork on site, with their interpretation of what it means to be a hero.

These pieces will be sold in a silent auction at the event, along with other donated artwork from local artists.

The Arts Center wants to show, through this event, the role that art plays in exposing acts of bravery and selflessness, however big or small.

CNY Arts Center Director, Nancy Fox, hopes that those attending will see this connection.

“The creation of art can capture and immortalize those real moments of heroism,” said Fox.

Local artist and CNY Arts member, Bonnie McClellan, will be one of the artists creating a piece at the event. McClellan strongly believes in the power of visualization through this event.

“Working with the American Red Cross on this event and combining it with art is a great way to bring together an appreciation for what such great men and women do for our country and it is our way of saying thanks. By not only saying it in words that can be forgotten, but displaying it in art that will forever be seen and remembered,” said McClellan who will be one of two artists featured live on WSYR Channel 9’s Bridge Street, April 27 to promote the event.

Another local artist expected to work the event, Matthew Wood, will certainly be showing his appreciation for the Red Cross through his art. Wood hopes to bring attention to the behind-the-scenes heroes who train those who become the more glorified heroes.

“I am hoping to shed some light on all of the certification and training opportunities the Red Cross provides,” said Wood.

In true accordance with the event, Wood wants to give recognition to the individuals who may sometimes go unnoticed.

“Instructors spend a lot of their personal time and energy making sure others are trained correctly and professionally to handle emergency situations.  It is in those hands in classes where ‘heroes’ start their journey,” said Wood. “Sometimes, it just comes down to a picture, or any piece of artistic expression, saying more than words ever could.”

McClellan is anxious to show her support for both of the organizations involved.

“I’m proud to be part of such an event, I’m hoping it will bring much awareness to the American Red Cross for all the great work that they do for the community and to the CNY Arts Center for everything that they can do for the community,” said McClellan.

The celebration will begin at 6 p.m., and will run until 9 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10, which covers the variety of hors d‘oeuvres and desserts that will be available as well as the entertainment.

While CNY Arts Center is hosting this for the American Red Cross, the event has been sponsored by Pathfinder Bank.

The CNY Arts Center is still welcoming artists to take part in the event. They will be asked to complete a work of art that portrays the Red Cross hero theme within the hour the artists are given at the event.

The Arts Center is also accepting donations of family-friendly art to be auctioned off.

Adecco Employment Services Fulton office is accepting donations from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 104 Cayuga St.

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