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Arts Clayton gearing up for 'Arté Gras'

Students. Teachers. Artists. Resources. Supporters.

Those are the five areas that the stars in the Arts Clayton logo represent, according to Linda Summerlin, the group's executive director.

It is those five areas that will, in a sense, also be celebrated at the group's fifth annual Arté Gras fund-raising party, on March 12.

The party will be held, beginning at 7 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, which is located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow.

Summerlin said this year's theme will be "Reaching For The Stars," in honor of Arts Clayton turning 25 in 2011. She said Arté Gras will be one of two big, informal, party-type events the group will use to celebrate its anniversary.

"It will be a birthday party," Summerlin said. "But, it's an annual event that we do, with a party format, that supports our arts-education programs for young people."

Tickets for Arté Gras, which Summerlin said typically attracts at least 200 attendees, went on sale two weeks ago, and can now be purchased online, at artegras2011.eventbrite.com/, or at the Arts Clayton Gallery, for $125 per person, or $1,000 for a table of eight. The gallery is located at 136 South Main Street, in Jonesboro.

Attendees are asked to wear black tie or black-white and-silver attire to the party, according to a copy of the invitation sent to past Arté Gras attendees.

In honor of this year marking the 25th anniversary of Arts Clayton's founding, Summerlin said everyone who attends will receive a commemorative Champaign glass. The group's 25th anniversary logo will be on each glass, she said.

"We have reached for the stars for the last 25 years, so we look forward to another 25 years," Summerlin said.

In keeping with the fact that Arté Gras is a fund-raiser for youth-targeted arts programs, the jazz band from Clayton County Public Schools' Fine Arts Magnet High School will perform during cocktail hour, according to Summerlin. She said the Marietta-based Infinity Show Band will provide the entertainment during the remainder of the evening.

The event will also include raffle drawings, a dinner buffet and valet parking, according to Summerlin. She said a piece of art, designed to feature this year's Arté Gras theme, will be one of the items raffled off.

The one thing from past Arté Gras' that this year's event will not have is an art gallery for attendees to peruse during the evening, Arts Clayton's executive director said. She said the arts group wanted more space to do some creative layouts with the dinner buffet, so the arts gallery was not included in this year's plans.

For more information about Arté Gras, call Summerlin, at (770) 473-5831.