“Something To Cackle About” Feb. 28 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery

Rubber chickens, a stuffed rooster, painted ceramic and farm-raised fresh eggs, chicken and rooster paintings — it’s something to cackle about, according to Darlene Dick, coordinator of the 2015 Love Your Gallery gala scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 6 to 9 p.m., at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton.

“We’re going all out for fun this year,” said Dick, who has coordinated the gallery’s fundraising event for the past two years. “Tying in with our theme, ‘Something To Cackle About,’
we’ll have gag gift door prizes, a photo booth with fun accessories, great items in our live and silent auctions, fine food and beverages and live music featuring classical guitarist Howard Glanton.

“The gallery will be fabulously decorated to match our theme. We expect our largest turn-out ever for this annual event.”

Expenses for the gala are underwritten by event sponsors First Bank, Krueger Insurance Management and Action Pact Holdings.

Tickets for the celebration are $60 per person and are available at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton, orby calling the gallery at 316-284-2749.

“Love Your Gallery is an annual fundraiser that brings art, music, good food and good times together for those who believe in the vision of the gallery,” said Director Cindy Snider. “Our vision is to be an outstanding showcase for art and artists and to be a center for celebrating art and enhancing the community.
The gallery is a special community resource that provides enjoyment and education for all ages.”

The nonprofit Carriage Factory Art Gallery is housed in a former carriage factory founded in 1883.The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Support for the nonprofit organization comes primarily through memberships, donations and fundraisers like “Love Your Gallery” and “Art in the Park.”

In addition to featured exhibits that highlight the work of local and regional artists, the gallery includes a consignment gallery, gift shop and collections of paintings for sale by American impressionist Albert H. Krehbiel, son of the carriage factory founder, J. J. Krehbiel.

The gallery provides workshops in various art media throughout the year and offers space for rent for special events and meetings. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.