“4” some it was a father/daughter night out while “4” others a night to pick up a special piece of art. And “4” others, it was the chance to support AIDS CT at its annual “Art 4 Aids” fundraiser at ArtSpace in Hartford Saturday.
“I don’t believe in the afterlife but it feels good to do something in memory of my brother,” said the visiting former well-known Hartford guy Joel Fried. Fried, who attended with his daughter, Nicole Archambault, were among the first to arrive at the art grab and party which in part, raises funds for the Richard B. Fried/ACT Fund, named in memory of Joel Fried’s late brother.
Also on hand was WTIC 96.5 FM radio personality Gary Craig with daughter Rachel. Craig, also an actor and painter, was one of dozens of artists who donated 12” by 12” canvases that were “grabbed” by ticket holders as part of the fundraising event.
The sold-out party provided a get-out for some who are new to the Hartford area and they approved.
“I have an apartment with nothing on the walls,” said Jannie Cillo, who just relocated to Hartford from New York as part of a job move. “Friends brought me here tonight and I love the cause,” she said eyeing the original pieces that included the traditional to the 3-D mixed media pieces including Amy LaBossiere’s contribution called Earthing.” “All I can focus on is what painting I want to grab so I can to start making my place look like a home.”
And in the “we can’t tell you yet” buzz in the room, watch Lifetime’s new docuseries, “Little Women: LA.” Word is there are talks of expanding the reality show eastward and who knows, you may see some CT talent on the spinoff.
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For those of you planning your end-of-the-year new movie schedule, you might want to take in the David O. Russell film, “American Hustle.” You will see a familiar Hartford face.
WTIC 96.5 FM radio personality Gary Craig, who also has a bent for art and acting, is playing Jerry Catone, a mobster in the movie starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper. Bale plays con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, played by Adams, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso played by Cooper.
Be sure to watch for the bar scene with a row of men in tuxedos. Craig is the one with the glasses, sitting next to Jack Huston, of “Boardwalk Empire” fame, who plays Peter Musane in the movie.
The movie opens Dec. 18.
An estimated 1,000 needy Hartford area children and 400 volunteers gather Tuesday, Christmas Day, for the 28th annual “We Are The Children” holiday gathering in Hartford this year.
It will include an over-sized white Christmas tree in memory of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and increased security to assure the safety of the children at the downtown event.
“My first thought was to cancel it after such a horrific thing happened,” said Gary Craig about Friday’s shootings that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults. “But then I quickly thought it was more important than ever to hold it. Kids here are depending on it,” said Craig, the WTIC radio personality who founded the party in 1985 and continues to organize it each year. Craig said he has hired extra security for the party because of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and has stopped advertising where and when the party will be held. “I just don’t want to bring attention to it after Sandy Hook.”
The memorial tree is being decorated by volunteers who are making dozens of handcrafted ornaments with the victims’ names on them,” Craig said . “We wanted white so it would stand out from all the others,” said Craig about the 12-foot tree that will be part of the holiday diorama being set up for the event. “White is purity and somehow it just seemed right.”
Believed to be the largest Christmas Day children’s gathering of its kind, the “We The Children” party is underwritten by dozens of corporations, businesses and supporters who donate money, food, decorations, toys and entertainment to the party. There is a final toy drive today, Thursday, at The Toy Chest in West Hartford.
If necessary one last emergency toy drive over the weekend at a time and place to be announced.