Art Splash is an annual fundraiser where talented local artists join with individual and corporate sponsors to provide a quality Christian education for area children.  Over 300 guests attended and 23 area artists showcased their beautiful artwork.  Those attending were able to meet local artists, view their art on display, and watch as they created new pieces, which were auctioned during the evening.  

Art Splash not only raises funds and school awareness but it also raises self-esteem for the students at Montgomery Christian School.  By working the event and greeting guests as they arrive, the students gain experience in interacting with the public. Michele Thrasher, a mother of four children who have attended the school says, “When my son, Alex, was in the second grade, he had one of his pieces of art up for auction. He is very shy, but he proudly stood near where his art was displayed, greeted people, explained that he had created this piece of art, told them that it was to benefit his school, and asked them if they would bid on it. Art Splash is the school’s biggest fundraiser, and without the scholarships offered at MCS, I would never be able to afford such an amazing school.”

Coordinating the many details of the seventh annual Art Splash event were co-chairmen Beth Dubina and Judy Kyser, along with event committee members Dianne Teague, Georgia Carroll, Catherine Davis, Christy Jarrett, Kelli Wise, Bonnie Shanahan and Tom Danielson. Alisa Koch and Jean Belt served as art acquisitions co-chairs and Ashlee Hooper headed the silent and live auction. Providing special lighting was Adam Stuart and coordinating sound was Wiely Boswell. Assisting with publicity were: Virginia Whitfield, Jack Galassini, Julie Garrett, Bro Krift, Hollie Harmon, and Sherry Nelson McQueen. A number of MCS parents and fifth grade students served to help with artist setup and breakdown of the event.

Arriving guests were greeted by young MCS students before entering an atmosphere of energetic entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages. Popular caterer Jennie Weller set up a PokéBowl food station which proved to be one of the highlights of the evening. Guests were able to create their own “deconstructed sushi” by layering jasmine rice, choice of seafood, and an assortment of fresh toppings including chopped vegetables, peanuts, ginger, wasabi, and Asian sauces.

A bounty of appetizer and dessert offerings were created by other volunteer caterers and restaurants, including Bama Bud, Coca Cola, Central Restaurant, Martha’s Place, Dreamland BBQ, Ala Thai, Kings Table Catering, Chick-fil-A, Asia Bistro and Seafood, Liger’s Bakery, Costco, La Zona Rosa, Jan’s Beach House Grill, SaZa’s, Taziki’s, Chappy’s Deli, Irish Bred Pub, Mama’s Sack Lunches, Jalapenos, Sommer’s Place, Zaxby’s, Sinclair’s East, and Gail’s Down the Street Cafe. Contributions are also made by Sam’s Club, Maria Hill, Beth Bridges, Jean Anderson, and Bonnie Shanahan.

The Warehouse at Alley Station was transformed into a sparkling black and silver art studio. Bouquets of shiny, silver star-shaped balloons floated against a shimmering backdrop to set the stage and food tables were adorned with a profusion of fresh white flowers and exotic greenery all created by Jennifer Riley. As guests mingled and munched, they were able to visit each artist’s booth where new art was being created and completed art was on display.  

Before the paint was completely dry on the newly created artwork, guests enjoyed bidding on the finished works in both live and silent auctions. Auctioneer Michael Briddell kept up the lively bidding, cajoling audience participation and ensuring that the art pieces found new homes by evening’s end.

The local artists who gave of the their time and creativity for the evening’s event were JoAnn Staley, Foad Araiinejad, Carol Pugsley Jones, Francie Hogan, Judy McLean, Elizabeth Hawke, Mary Augusta Hill, Ellen Davis, Edward Brummal, Jr., Pamela Shepard, Becky Miller, DaNeal Eberly, Natalie Stanley, Walt Spratlan, Steven Davis, Joan DiLaura, Alisa Koch, Richard Mills, Jamie Mitchell, Kate Seawell, Tim Vaught, and Sissy McClinton. Francie Hill, a student at Montgomery Academy and winner of the “Up and Coming Artist” contest, also had artwork available for auction during the event.

Along with proceeds from ticket and art sales, Art Splash 2019 was made possible by support from generous area patrons who believe in the work of Montgomery Christian School, not only for the children served but for the benefit of the community.  Major event sponsors at the Renoir level were: Beasley Allen and Caroline and Guice Slawson, who have supported Art Splash since its first year. Other substantial donors at the Van Gogh level were: Winston and Gene Reese, and at the Monet level are: Kyser Office Works, Fastening Solutions, Lucy and Hans Luquire, Brewbaker Motors, Laura and Barrie Harmon, Alabama News Network, and JK Lowder Family Foundation.

Rembrandt level supporters were: Cathy Caddell and Charlie Warnke, Minnie Lee and Richard Gill, Alice and David Thrasher, Cadence Bank, Jane and Greg Allen, Time of Your Life, STIFEL, Paulette and George Thompson, Servis 1st, Emilie and Bruce Reid, Special Events Lighting, Jerry Kyser Builder, and Jackson Hospital.

The artists who participated in Art Splash 2019 were individually supported by Picasso level sponsors: Hettye Sue and Mike Bridger, Lois and John Durr, River Bank and Trust, Ethel Dozier Boykin, and Baptist Hospital. Other Artist Level Supporters were: Dick Hodges, Lee and Jim Beck, Alpha Lumber, Pat and John Moorehouse, Diane and John Hall, Laura and Mike Luckett, Bonnie and Carl Barranco, Georgia Floors Direct, Robert F. Henry Tile Company, Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, Betty Bobbitt and David Byrne, Carolyn and Robert Sasser, Mandy and Mitchell Dubina, Tonya and Shon Lee, Jackson Thornton, Jane and Jim Klingler, Regions Bank, Wells Fargo, BBVA Compass, United Food and Fuel, Capell Howard, Exit Realty, Katherine and John David Barranco, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, PC, Synovus Bank, and Chapman Orthodontics.

Special thanks goes to Anne M. Richardson, Jeanie and Duncan McRae, Trustmark Bank, Montgomery Advertiser, Wells Printing, Faith Radio, WSFA, Kim Hall, Leon Loard Oil Portraits, and Trinity Framers.

Other guests enjoying the event were: Diane Danielson, Jackie Armstrong, Kay Brummal, Louise and Bill Hill, Joel Dubina, Emelyn Sullivan, Tamela Seymour, Leah and Guice Slawson, David Roberson, Jane Allen, Hope and George Madre, Jenny Brown, Cindy Dozier, Rheata Dozier,  Carol Ballard, Leticia Gregory, Connie Deal, Christy Holding, Jana and Tom Broughton, Jessica and Jonathan Avant, Linda and Todd Strange, Mary Ann and Joe Riley, Kathy and Tommy Paul, Angela and Stephen McCormick, Anna and Jake Kyser, Anne and Irby Thompson, Brooke Reid, Mahaley McInnes, Bob Corley, Stephanie Hill, Stephanie Peavy, Jeanne Charbonneau and Al Allenback, Cheryl Carter, Hanna Chadee, David Mayer, Patrick Wood, Mason Kocher,  Joe Leuschke, Tasha Cooper, Mary and Paul Miles, Caroline and Davis Smith, Steve Frazer, Pam and Oliver McLemore, Karla Hodges, Martha Smith, Donna and David Woods, Jean and Oliver Smyth, Nakima Boleware, Jean Brown, Brittney Clemons, Allison and Mike Bird, and Caroline and Franklin Johnson.

Camille Ashley, Lee Rolen, Margree Morrison,Camilla Prince, Michael Ingram, Ginny Haynes, Bill Richardson,  Rachael Gallagher, Derek Covington, Martha and Riley Roby, Julia Azar, Lauren Russell, Claudia Mann, Jan and Robert Hogan, Emily and Josh Blades, Stephanie and Patrick Carley, Kyle Kyser, Adrian and Pat Cooper, Janet McQueen and Derrick Parrish, Jeanne Drummond and Dick Meinert, Katie Keller, Brandy and Robert Price, David Stanley, Coleman Stanley, Hayes Stanley, Karen Guttieri, Charlotte and Richard Plaskett, Bill Davis, Layla Araiinejad, Anne Gunderson, Lynne Payne, Judie Hooks, Palmer Smith, Susan Morrow, Amy and Bruce Crawford, Madison Faik, Dae Miller and Guerry Edwards, Lorrie Custin, Forest Neeley, Ann Rittenour, Marsha Parrish, Bonnie Gay Bear, Sean Rizzo, Mary Coleman Hester, Charlene and Alex Holtsford, Pamela Paine, Stephanie and John Bell, Shelby Stringfellow, Norma Williamson, and Suzy Highland.

Also enjoying the festivities were: Rosemary Elebash, Melanie and Carl Barker, Marguerite Woods,  Nancy and Spud Seale, Bill Rue, Sally Hodges, LaVeia Brown, Dan Sloan, Susan and Dave Miller, Kathi and Brian Atkins, Leigh Anne Atkins,  Lee Ann and Roland Hester, Chris Searcy, Arthur Ray, Laura Curtis, Thomasina and Ken Austin, Brittney Bragg, Ashley White, Donna and Bill Knox, Betsy Cannon, Anna Ganey, Jeanette Lynn, Chris Carver, Helen Wells, Felicia Long, Jamal Thomas, Melissa Bowman, Patsy George, Judith and Allen Stewart, Laura and Joe Ward, Carol Goodwyn, Ann Reese, Margaret Lois and Todd Romanowski, Margaret Lampkin, Cookie Knott, Susan and Mark Brown, Chip Slawson, Hank Staley , Tamela Seymour, Carol Davis , Virginia Mills , Sofa Araiinejad, Levi Koch, Olivia Koch, Judie Hooks,  Jackie Armstrong, Pamela Boswell, Gail Hudgens, Teresa and John Stanley, Tammy Styles, Ellis Eskew, KayMarie Bridell.

Conwell Hooper, Melanie Bush, Lisa Stanton, Sue Jackson, Beth Shepherd, Alex Golson, Tammy Coughlin, Sherry White, Leslie Zeanah, Kara Crosby, Twinkle Cavanaugh, Marie Styles, Susannah Cleveland, Jessie Adams, Alyssa and Jake Johnson, Emily Wingard, Julie Howorth, Paige Morrow, Rebecca Helms, Toney Hampton, Cerenati Streeter, Aaliyah Moore, Aldricus Perkins, Jah’Chaie Silas, Shanice Brown, Ashley Hamlett Albright, Kim and Rob Pendley, Guy King, Michelle Parles, Choona Lang, Monette Harrison, Donna and Fred Michaud,  Lynn Henry, Sophia and Rob Robinson, Mellissa Esfahani, Merri Chapman, DanEllen DeHuff, Hannah Crisler, Jeanne Riley, Clay Teague, Mary Ann and Skip Wilson, Rich Williamson, Mark Snead, Marilee Marsh, and Mark Anderson.

MCS Students in attendance were: Angel McMillian, Oliver Henninger, London Dorsey, and Kaden Peterson-Dillard. Helping with clean-up were dads of MCS students Nick Henninger, Carlos Rogers, Derek Flynn, George Williams, Sean Miller, and Charles Brown.

Art critic John Ruskin once said, “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” It is in this spirit that the curriculum of Montgomery Christian School incorporates a study of the arts. Students at the school receive a strong academic Christian education that is founded on a core curriculum of mathematics and science, enhanced by art education, including a weekly study of art history and literature.

For more information about the school, call the MCS office at 334-386-1749.