ARTini margarita fundraiser at the James

The chill is in the air and autumn has arrived. But the cold weather won’t be a problem, as the James Memorial Art Center is heading south of the border for their annual ARTini fundraiser with this year’s theme of “Artini Goes to Margaritaville.”

ARTini’s pop-up margarita bar is a  21-and-over, central American infused swinging bash complete with live art performances, body painting and a margarita making competition featuring local bartenders. The recipe for a traditional margarita — tequila, Cointreau and lime juice — may be undisputed, but the mixologists are taking the refreshing treat to the next level with their own twist on the time-honored classic. No ingredients are off the table and these tangy drinks are sure to wet the whistle of those in attendance while taking in the sights and sounds of the festive event.

Last year’s ARTini — a black and white swanky affair — was a success and Pam Elliott, president of the board at the James Memorial Art Center, is excited to bring it to Williston once again. Natasha Yavorivska of Natasha’s Canvas will be returning to perform a live body painting exhibit and there will be traditional Latin American music and dancing. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served while guests bid at a silent auction to benefit the James.

Items from last year's event included fine jewelry, original artwork from local artists and services from many local businesses. The proceeds from ARTini help to continue another year of teaching classes to children and enhancing the community through art and creativity as the James offers a menagerie of art classes, educational programs and space for people to rent for special occasions, as well as hosting church groups and other non-profits.


Tickets are available at The James Memorial Library‘s website or the QR code, so dust off that sombrero and put on the dancing boots for the ARTini Goes to Margaritaville fiesta.

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