Red Eye Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by Raising $20,000 for ArtServe


Annual art festival raises $20,000 for the award-winning nonprofit


ArtServe, South Florida’s award-winning arts services organization, recently welcomed more than 1,200 guests for its annual underground art extravaganza, RedEye.

 

Featuring the theme of BEYOND, RedEye took guests on an unbridled journey to the beyond with live music, indie films, spoken word, dance, body art, stand-up comedy, video games, “killer robots” and more.

 

Displaying the work of 123 artists and nearly 400 unique works of art, the “fun”raiser generated close to $20,000, which will support ArtServe’s services, equipment and programming for at risk-youth. RedEye also generated sales of artwork that directly support local and emerging artists as they build their careers and reputations.

 

“Since its inception more than 10 years ago, RedEye has been a wonderful celebration of all the art forms ArtServe supports and a platform for uninhibited creation, inviting artists to go outside the box to create art and experiences that challenge the status quo and spark new insights,” said ArtServe President and CEO Jaye Abbate. “This year’s RedEye was no different – both artists and patrons experienced new realities and worldviews through a variety of poignant and dynamic art.”

 

Among the unique features of RedEye BEYOND was “The SoulKeeper VR,” a virtual reality experience in which users can admire wildlife in lush woods, survive incoming hordes of undead in dark and forgotten dungeons, and immerse themselves in a fantastic new reality.

 

Sponsors of RedEye BEYOND included Tula Bistro and Garden, Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production, Ace Hardware, BankUnited, Broward County Cultural Division, Encompass Onsite, McKinley Insurance Services, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Puppet Network, South Florida Gay News, Sullivan Fengler, SunTrust, Wynwood Brewing Company and WLRN.

 

RedEye BEYOND is presented in conjunction with the RedEye art exhibition, which runs from July 2 to July 27 at ArtServe. ArtServe gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, visit www.ArtServe.org.

 

About ArtServe

ArtServe is an award-winning arts services organization. One of the first established in the United States, ArtServe develops programs that support artists and cultural organizations as a means of creating vibrant and economically viable communities. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ArtServe offers a wide range of services, events, affordable facilities and collaborative opportunities that foster entrepreneurship and enable artists to turn their passion into a profession, resulting in successful and sustainable arts businesses that enrich the community and strengthen the local economy.

 

ArtServe is a four-time finalist of the 2-1-1 Non-Profit of the Year Awards and has been recognized as the Best Non-Profit of the Year for Arts. Additional recognitions include the Salute to Business and Innovation Award for Arts/Culture from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, three consecutive Brazilian International Press Awards, the Doyle Award for Non-Profit Excellence and the 2014 Nonprofit Academy Award for Best Non-Profit Arts Organization. ArtServe programs are supported in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, the Department of State and the Division of Cultural Affairs.