Artful Noir a Showcase Fundraiser for Friends of Animal Shelter

To Be Held at MacArthur Shore Property in Barnegat Light
Mar 28, 2018

Artful Noir is a garden gala on May 19 in Barnegat Light at one of the premier residential compounds on Long Beach Island, to benefit Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter. Only 150 tickets will be sold for this special evening, which will feature paintings, sculpture, fiber art, garden art, international fashion and accessories, and music.

The location is the MacArthur Shore Property, on Fifth and Sixth streets and the beach, whose grounds have been offered for the 5-to-8 p.m. fundraiser.

Wildflowers by the Lighthouse and Wildflowers Too are hosting the event, for which ticket sales at $125 each are a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends group. The event is anticipated as a gala garden party for the good cause of helping shelter animals.

Community members are excited at the prospect of a social event on the grounds of the property, which includes two houses. Festivities will take place in the gardens and the guest house, with tours to be included of part of the main home interior. A silent auction and raffle will be part of the event.

“This is going to be a very exciting event,” said Dottie Reynolds, president of FOSOCAS. “But the most exciting part is the funding that will be raised to help the animals.”

Wildflowers owner Cricket Luker summarized the plans that are in place. “We’re having models of European fashions; we’re having 12 artists set up in the garden; we will have three glass artists; artful accessories and jewelry; two jewelry designers: one is from Montreal, the other’s products are American-made; fiber art from one of the local fiber artists.

“The artful accessories will be shown in the guest house, which is on Fifth Street. We will have a three-piece string group playing throughout the event. Tapas and wine will be served. Guests can take mini-tours of the big house. We will be going through a partial area that is a very beautiful representation of the house. And you will see beautiful views from the guest house.”

The Garden Club of Long Beach Island is among the organizations involved in creating artful decorations. The gallery Solace in Surf City is working with Wildflowers to gather a showcase of some distinguished artists.

Luker said the gardens on the property will host a special pathway that will highlight a new fund within FOSOCAS. The fund, called “Someone Helped Me,” will be devoted to assisting animals in need, and will broaden the ability of the Friends to assist pet owners who cannot afford the cost of certain medical procedures, for example.

The overall mission of the group is “to assist and reduce the population of homeless companion animals in Southern Ocean County, and to promote shelter pet adoptions through publicity and public relations.” To learn more, see the website

More information and more publicity materials about Artful Noir will be released around the region as the event nears. In the meantime, it is expected that tickets will sell fast, so those who don’t want to miss the event may call Wildflowers for tickets, at 609-361-8191.

— Maria Scandale

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