If you're a fan of Café 54 and have enjoyed a lunch or two there, or enjoyed one of their catered events (I'm telling you, the roasted beet salad, when on the menu, makes me very happy. Pistachios and beets = beautiful combination), then you know that part of eating at the downtown spot off Pennington Road is taking in the art work hanging on walls.
The local spot is part of the good work folks are doing there to help people recovering from mental illness and the art figures into that, too. If you love celebrating and patronizing local business like we do at Weekly World Central, then you'll like this: Sarnoff's Art Supplies partners with the cafe to furnish art supplies at a discounted rate for the artists in the Café 54 Art Foundation program.
The program was established to provide and assist folks recovering from mental illness be able to express themselves through the creative arts. When you really love that beet salad or whatever it is you love at the cafe, you leave a tip (you better leave a tip)—your gratuity goes to the Art Foundation Fund and that fund supplies art supply scholarships to those recovering from mental illness currently working with behavioral health programs and want to express themselves through art.
Those who participate in the art fund are invited to show their work at the cafe—work selected is showcased for sale and all the proceeds go to the artist.
You can see the current show, Tangible Transformations, which goes through Sept. 26. However, on Saturday, August 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a celebration with live music, a wearable art fashion show, performance art—and yes, yummy food and refreshments. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local artists and business—benefiting the Café 54 Art Foundation. The entire evening is open to the public and admission is free.
So get to Café 54. Celebrate. Take in some art. Think local. And buy some art.