Art show will feature works of Boys & Girls Club members

An art show featuring works by more than a dozen members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Infiniti of Beachwood, 25900 Central Parkway, Beachwood.

The fundraising event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP by Oct. 29 to Refreshments will be served.

Each piece of art will be for sale. Eighty percent of the sale proceeds will go to BGCC, which provides safe, fun programs for children at 12 locations. The remaining 20 percent will go to the artist.

The event will include a performance by students in the BGCC band program. Band is one of an array of arts programs offered by BGCC; others include guitar ensemble, choir, recording, hip hop and African dance, ballet, creative writing, graphic design, fashion design and drama. The BGCC arts team consists of Arts Director Matt Bott, eight part-time arts instructors and more than 20 consultant teaching artists.

“We believe in the holistic benefits of arts education,” Bott said. “That is, we strive for the arts to develop a diligence within them that hopefully translates into all other aspects of their lives. Exposure to the arts can reveal hidden talents, and many of the works in this show are an example of that.”

The presenting sponsor is Infiniti of Beachwood, a Bernie Moreno Company. Bernie Moreno Companies was established in 2005 by Bernie Moreno when he purchased a small underperforming Mercedes-Benz dealership in North Olmsted and transformed it into the top Mercedes-Benz dealership in North America. Today, the organization is comprised of over 30 brands and has over 800 team members, across an ever expansive territory, including Florida, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland was founded in 1954 and currently serves almost 8,000 youth in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, and Garfield Heights. BGCC provides a safe place for youths to learn and grow, forge ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals and take part in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.