KAG fights funding-cut blues

Government cuts to the arts are enough to give its supporters the blues.

They might even crack open some brews to deal with those blues.

The folks at the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) are putting the two together with the first Brews and Blues Night on May 5 at The Noble Pig Brewhouse, 650 Victoria St.

KAG fundraising committee member Trudi Backman said the group wanted to do something different to help out the gallery.

A meeting last summer generated a long list of ideas but the one that resonated the strongest was a night of fun “where you don’t have to get dressed up, where you can go in your jeans,” Backman said.

They’ve even got the right mascot for the event, using a blue giraffe sculpture playing a saxaphone — a piece of art Backman bought years ago for her husband.

He normally sits in a corner of their house but is on display in the gallery window now to promote the event.

A combination of music, beer or wine and appetizers anchors the evening, with entertainment provided by Cathi Marshall, Henry Small and Mike Turner — although, Backman said, she wouldn’t be surprised to see others in attendance get up and start a jam session going.

The bar was chosen to promote the city’s only micro-brewery.

And for those wondering about the acoustics at the bar, the bands will be set up in a wood-panelled area toward the back of the site to boost the sound.

Appies are on tap from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then the music takes over.

Door prizes and draws are also planned.

Tickets are $40 plus HST and attendance is limited to 150 people.

Tickets are available from KAG board members, at the gallery or at the pub.

Money raised is not geared for any specific KAG program.

Backman said there are many options and the committee is leaving it to gallery staff to decide.

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