On May 16, the Cambria Center for the Arts invites readers to a virtual benefit and silent auction to preview their upcoming events. Spring For the Arts will help CCA prepare to open their doors. They have assembled an exciting, jam-packed program that will preview the upcoming schedule of events, shows, and classes. This benefit will help make some of the needed improvements to the facility.

Virtual attendance is free. When you sign up for a ticket, you will be given a link to join in on the program. Each of the branches of CCA will highlight their plans for re-opening. You will see art demonstrations, a short film, and musical numbers from the theatre. Plus, the silent auction will be ongoing throughout the program.

The online silent auction begins May 9 on the website Cambriaarts.org. Bids can be made through the end of the virtual program. CCA has assembled a collection of beautiful art pieces as well as several one-of a kind experiences like a tap class with Shirley Kirkes-Mar, an acting class with Zoe Saba, Improv with Sabrina Pratt, an art class with Laurie Hendricks and a Bocce Party at the home of one of the CCA board members. Visit the website for details.

The live virtual program will feature a duet from Cambria the Musical, the show that was just about to open prior to the lockdown. The theatre has plans to bring the show back in October. The duet features two of the lead performers, Sarah Smith and Anthony Toohey. Other performers include Greg Gorrindo, Lacey McNamara, Bryce Prunty, and local favorite, Brynn Albanese. Viewers will also learn about upcoming concerts and a night of Flamenco, coming in July and August.

The Gallery will feature art demonstrations by Jeanne Aird and Laurie Hendricks. And Dennis Frahmann will update the plans for the 2022 Cambria Film Festival and premier a short film that features some of the past filmmakers. Alan Fraser, owner of the Love Story Project, produced the film and created the videos for this program.

Another feature of the program will be a quick look at some of the incredible photography that was submitted for the recent “A Day in the Life of Cambria” photo challenge. Almost 200 images were submitted and several have been chosen for the compilation and will be made into merchandise to be sold in the new CCA Store. All proceeds from those sales as well as the donations made during the benefit will go to the facility improvements.
The benefit begins at 4 p.m., May 16. You can register anytime prior to the start of the program. The online silent auction opens May 9 and bidding is available for the entire week until 6 p.m. the day of the benefit.

To learn more about this event and how to reserve your spot and make a donation, go to Cambraarts.org and click on Spring in the Arts.