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Frank Crum and wife Brenda with painter Ernest C. Simmons and winners Cyndi and Steve Heller - Photo by Simean SkolfeldMartinis and Matisse is possibly one of Clearwater's most “cosmopolitan” fundraisers. On January 30th, for the seventh consecutive year, guests sipped on martinis courtesy of Bonefish Grill and sampled delicious entrees from restaurants like Carrabas and the Baystar Restaurant Group while slipping tickets into over-sized martini glasses to bid on the work of local artists, filling the lobby of the Frank Crum building. Early in the evening, these glasses contained a ticket or two, enticing attendees with the hope of taking home the pieces they coveted. By the end of the event, they were brimming to the top with bids, each ticket representing a donation to the Clearwater Free Clinic.

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Teri (middle) and Mike Milligan (right), winners of Will Dexter’s (left) glass blown piece “Steel Blue Octo Shell” - Photo by Simaen Skolfield
Teri (middle) and Mike Milligan (right), winners of Will Dexter’s (left) glass blown piece “Steel Blue Octo Shell” - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

Art Lovers Draw “Lots” for Charity at the annual Martinis and Matisse event. Martinis and Matisse is a fundraiser with a name impossible to say if you’re not temperate with the former.

Clearwater, FL (January 2009) - On a swanky Saturday evening, the Clearwater Free Clinic held their annual fundraising soirée in the building of one of the largest privately held companies in the state—the FrankCrum building—which occupies an impressive 14-acre campus in downtown Clearwater.

“It’s the best event in Clearwater!” Dana Rizzuto of the Montage Gallery, proclaimed.

Local restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Greektown Grille and E&E Steakout Grille donated food. Guests munched on fashionably small portions of chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin, chicken marsala and taramosalata, a Greek style caviar as they mingled and enjoyed the open martini bars. They also admired art with titles like “Three at a Martini Party” and “Sandpipers on Clearwater Beach” and listened to a jazz band playing a soft and sophisticated rendition of “Girl from Ipanema.”

Frank Crum Jr. generously donated his building to host the event and has been doing so for the past two years. “It’s in Clearwater and supports a Clearwater function,” he says. “It was the right thing to do.”

Published in Events
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:59

Art Lottery in Clearwater

Honorary Chairpersons 2008 Fred and Aleta Fisher with Fine Artist Sophie MatisseMartinis and Matisse an Art Lottery

Clearwater, FL (January 21, 2009)  - The Martinis and Matisse an Art Lottery is this Saturday January 24, 2009 at the FrankCrum Building in Clearwater, FL over 80 artists will be displaying their works.  

This year at this unique event, guest will view dozens of donated works of art while enjoying martinis, smooth jazz music, and fantastic food and desserts provide by area restaurants, Bonefish Grill, Bella Vino, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Salt Rock Grill, Rumba Island Bar & Grill, Guppy’s on the Beach, Marlin Darlin’, E & E Stakeout Grill, Island Way Grill, Mecca Café’, and Greektown Grille.

At the end of the evening, each piece of art will go home with a winner of the lottery style auction.

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