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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Connecting Artists to Art Lovers

Artists & Art Lovers Benefit

Art Direct Sonoma is THE resource for upscale fund-raisers for all kinds of community groups and businesses.

By Dawn Bell

Art Direct Sonoma came into being as a response to a long winter and several glasses of wine. Bette and Dawn had long understood their wish to work together on “something” and after many hours of hashing out the pros and cons of each idea, something began to become clear. Art was the constant in all of these conversations.

Art Direct Sonoma was born out of those discussions and came into being as a way to satisfy their desire to work together, share their mutual love of art and their appreciation of the beauties of Sonoma County. With Dawn’s background in events and fund-raising and Bette’s complementary skills in sales, marketing and business development, it all came together on a shoestring budget during a long winter of rising gas prices, a Presidential campaign and a few more glasses of wine.

Art Direct Sonoma was created to fill the needs of local artists and art lovers. We are not a gallery, but we do work directly with artists to bring their work to private and public events where it can be viewed and purchased. Our goal is to help the artist sell their work to an audience they are unable to reach. That’s our job and it’s what we love to do.

Business owners, fund raisers and private individuals interested in hosting art shows can work with Art Direct Sonoma to create the perfect event without the hassle of managing all the details. Art Direct Sonoma works closely with each client to set the tone for their event. We work with you to choose the number and type of pieces desired. We’ll also create and mail your invitation, set up and manage the show, and we can even cater the event for you.

Art Direct Sonoma is also THE resource for upscale fund-raisers for all kinds of community groups and businesses.

Art Direct Sonoma will work directly with artists to help decide what events are right for them. We will continually invite them to events all over the County where sales for their work are most promising. And, we will display samples of their work on our website to help our clients design their events visually.

For a full schedule of events and complete information - check out their web site at:

Contact Art Direct Sonoma at: