Mardi Gras auction benefits FAC

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony will host its annual Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser and auction Saturday at the Gallipolis Elks Lodge.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit arts organization, with a history of more than 50 years serving the region through visual arts, performing arts and cultural programming. With a mission focused on supporting education and economic development through the arts, the French Art Colony presents and supports a variety of multi-arts experiences throughout the year.

The FAC’s Mardi Gras 2016 will feature a live auction of 10 or more trips and unique experiences, including vacations to the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area, Snowshoe, Put-in-Bay, Emerald Isle, Columbus/Easton area, OSU football tickets and more. A silent auction will showcase nearly 100 items, including antiques, jewelry, household goods, original works of art, collectables and more.

Also featured at the event, local jeweler The Karat Patch will host an opportunity for one person to win a full carat diamond. For this, 100 glasses of champagne will be available for purchase at $25 each. Each glass will have a stone inside. One of the stones will be the full carat diamond. Each glass also comes with a gift certificate to The Karat Patch good for $25 off a $100 purchase. Stones will be tested during the event, so the winner will find out at Mardi Gras if they are the lucky winner. All proceeds from the activity will be donate to the French Art Colony.

Those attending Mardi Gras will enjoy New Orleans-themed food, live entertainment by Paul Doefinger, and beautiful decorations and fun. Tickets to Mardi Gras are limited. They are available for purchase in advance at the French Art Colony for $20 each, and will also be available at the door, while supplies last.

For more information, call the French Art Colony, 740-446-3834, or visit

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Staff Report