The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will celebrate Potpourri 2018, a two-night biennial fund-raising event.


The festivity begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with Beers & Cheers, a casual evening with microbrews, tapas, a “Boat of Beer” raffle, a wine pull, and dancing to music by Big Phil & The Chills, according to a news release.


The party transitions to a formal affair with the Potpourri Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The evening includes dinner by Chef Jamie McAfee of the Pine Bluff Country Club, a 50th anniversary-themed cocktail, a silent auction, and a live auction with Master of Ceremonies Matt Soto.


“Proceeds from Potpourri support our free community cultural arts and STEAM educational programming, and ‘The ARTSpace’ (ASC’s new community arts-integrated engagement endeavor),” ASC Executive Director Rachel Miller said.


Potpourri 2018 is the feature event of ASC’s 50th anniversary celebration. The center marked its half-century mark with a reception and unveiling of two sculpture installations by Kevin Cole and James Hayes in its atrium on Oct. 18.


ASC thanks its Potpourri 2018 sponsors: Simmons Bank, Relyance Bank, JRMC, MK Distributors, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Brown Jug and Moon Distributors.


Troy DeBill, Heather Stone and Amber Robinson are co-chairs of the 2018 event.


“Potpourri raises much-needed funds for ASC,” DeBill said. “Beers & Cheers is a casual Friday night with a raffle where partygoers can win a kayak of beer! On Saturday, we will feature amazing artwork from all over the U.S., along with items and services from local businesses. There will be wine and spirits of all kinds for the silent auction as well.”


“You are guaranteed to have a great time and help a worthy cause in the process. There is something for everyone,” DeBill said.


The silent auction includes more than 50 works from artists such as Justin Bryant, Melissa Cowper-Smith, Norwood Creech, Virmarie DePoyster, Sofia V. Gonzalez, Tim Jacob and Barbara Satterfield.


This event’s featured artist is painter John Kushmaul of Little Rock, who has 20 pieces in the auction. Kushmaul, who grew up in White Hall, has works depicting landmarks and landscapes from Jefferson County. All of Kushmaul’s pieces are currently available for purchase.


The artworks are on display at ASC in the International Paper and William H. Kennedy Jr. galleries, and available to preview at asc701.org/potpourri-2018.


Other silent auction items include fresh flowers once a month for a year from Shepard-Tipton Hurst Florists, “Soup of the Month” for one year from Chef Jamie McAfee, and unlimited passes to CrossFit 1210.


Items to be featured in the live auction are a maquette of Kevin Cole’s “A Tale of Two Blessings: Passion vs Purpose,” the aluminum and mixed media sculpture in ASC’s atrium; a James Hayes glass-blowing experience/party; and holiday lighting from Carrington Electric.


The auctions will use online bid-management software, and bidders will use their phones or other mobile devices during the event to place bids. Attendees are asked to set up profiles at BiddingOwl.com before the event. Silent auction bidding opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and closes at 8 p.m. Dec. 1.


Tickets are $175 for a combo ticket for the Friday and Saturday events. Tickets may also be purchased separately for each night. Tickets may be purchased at asc701.org/potpourri-2018, by calling ASC at 870-536-3375, or in person at ASC. Those who cannot attend may make a contribution to support ASC.