Calling all artists; Groovefest fundraiser seeks donations

"Walter Parks" by Steve Swift, Cedar City, Utah, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Steve Swift, St. George News

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CEDAR CITY — Groovefest Music and Art Festival is gearing up for their first big fundraiser of the season and organizers are calling out to artists near and far to submit work for auction at the 2016 Soirée Groovefest Art Auction and Fundraiser.

"The Babylonian" by Brian Hoover, Enoch, Utah, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Groovefest Music and Art Festival, St. George News
“The Babylonian” by Brian Hoover, Enoch, Utah, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Groovefest Music and Art Festival, St. George News

Interested parties should submit their art donation in person at Artisans Art Gallery, 94 W. Center St., Cedar City, during open hours from noon to 6 p.m., Feb. 5-12. All submissions should include: the artist’s name, email address or phone number, title, medium and a suggested starting price for auction of the donated work.

Art of all shapes, sizes and forms are welcome, said Elise Leahy, Groove Crew member and event organizer. Each piece of art will be silently auctioned at the soirée and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Groovefest Music and Art Festival.

“It’s upwards of $20,000 to put on Groovefest for the week’s activities,” she said. “So we ask that for this particular fundraiser (that each piece) are donations.”

Last year, pieces from artists like Steve Swift, Andy Marvick, Brian Hoover, Carrie Trenholm, Jeff Hanson and Terrance Wright raised $4,000 toward the weeklong celebration of music and art that swarms downtown Cedar City at the end of every June, Leahy said.

"Seven Conundra" by Andy Marvick, Cedar City, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Groovefest Music and Art Festival, St. George News
“Seven Conundra” by Andy Marvick, Cedar City, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Groovefest Music and Art Festival, St. George News

The soirée has changed locations each year. This year it will be at the Iron Gate Inn, 100 N. 200 West, Cedar City, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Feb. 13. The $10 donation at the door will be waived for all artists who contribute to the auction. This year will feature food and live music.

This year’s Groovefest Music and Art Festival will begin June 20 and rock all through the week until June 26 — each day bringing a new flavor of the arts to the community.

From Litfest to Groovekids, the week of music and art highlights some of the very best of what Cedar City has to offer, while bringing in quality musical acts from around the globe.

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