Saturday: Verge Ahead into 2012

Verge Center for the ArtsVerge Center for the Arts has remained a consistent hub of creativity for Sacramento since they first opened their doors as a private art gallery in 2009. In 2010 they expanded into their current space—a 22,000 square foot warehouse in Downtown Sacramento—and organized as a nonprofit. Now home to 30 resident studio artists, plus extensive gallery and event space, Verge continues their mission of exposing Sacramento to the contemporary art and artists of the region.

2011 was a particularly big year for Verge. Among many other achievements, they had a more-than-successful Kickstarter campaign ($9,165 raised on a $7,500 goal!), won the First Place award of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund, and Executive Director Liv Moe was named Arts Executive of the Year at the Arts & Business Council’s “Prelude to the Season” event.

Verge Ahead Success PartyThis Saturday, engage in an alternative form of Sacramento nightlife by celebrating Verge’s 2011 successes and helping them “Verge Ahead” into 2012 at the “Verge Ahead Success Party” (6pm-Midnight at Verge, 625 S Street, Sacramento). If you have yet to check out this innovative local arts spot, there’s no better time than this!

In addition to exploring the studios of resident artists, you’ll be able to play “Art Golf” (each hole specially designed by a Verge artist), get your photo taken at the photobooth for instant sharing of the fun on your social media networks, see live performances by a multitude of bands (Mom, Christine Shields, Fine Steps, Gentleman Surfer, and Ganglians), and dance the night away to tunes spun by DJ Scott Soriano and DJ Hailey. GangliansIf that’s not enough, arts collective Future Art Notables will take over the temporary gallery with their installation “Assorted Spaces”, which allows viewers to walk among the pieces, fully immersing themselves in the art.

And, don’t worry, tasty beer is provided for the evening by local brewers Ruhstaller, as well as coffee from Insight Coffee Roasters. With each $15 ticket including two refreshments, what’s not to love?

Plus, Sacramento365.com will be there participating in all the fun. Be among the first 50 guests to arrive and receive free giveaways, and stop by our golf hole to try for a hole-in-one!

Come enjoy this soiree and celebrate Sacramento’s burgeoning arts community.

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This marks the beginning of a monthly feature by Sacramento365.com on local arts organizations and businesses making a difference in the Sacramento community.

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Written by Sacramento365.com Assistant Editor, Alison Kranz

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