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ARTini Gets Curiouser and Creativer

Specialty cocktails and storybook-inspired fun abound at Allied Arts’ annual fundraiser ARTini in Wonderland.


Spring, With Its Renewed Natural Energy And Relief From CabinFever, is an ideal time for jubilation – in fact, it’s Allied Arts’ preferred time of year to party arty (so to speak). For the 2015 edition of its libation-fueled spring fundraiser, the arts funding organization is heading down the rabbit hole; don’t be late for ARTini in Wonderland, March 27 at the Farmers Public Market.

The festive event will gather approximately 800 people for specialty martini tastings and appetizers from some of central Oklahoma’s most popular restaurants, plus a silent art auction featuring original work by Oklahoman artists, live entertainment from the band Replay, raffle packages and an interactive photo booth.

Among the many people anticipating the event is ARTini chair Claire Turmelle, who says of the theme that “There are so many characters in Alice in Wonderland, I think the restaurants will be able to grasp onto different concepts and character themes and really bring those to life. It’s always a good time, it’s always very well-attended [and] it’s a great place to come out and mingle.”

However, the event represents more than simply a fun time, she explains. “With the rush of all the martinis and the art and the entertainment going on, it’s kind of easy to forget why we’re there, but it’s really important for us to emphasize that this money’s going to a great cause: a lot of kids aren’t fortunate enough to have arts programs in their schools, which is why we allocate the money toward arts education for children. We’re spreading the mission of Allied Arts – to provide arts for people of all ages in central Oklahoma.”

Space is limited (even assuming no one drinks a potion and becomes huge), so snag tickets in advance by calling 278.8944 or visiting