The bi-annual Arts & Science Center fundraiser, Potpourri, will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The bi-annual Arts & Science Center fundraiser, Potpourri, will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

This year’s co-chairmen Laura Smart and Amber Robinson are planning the two exciting events to be held at The Center. The Catherine M. Bellamy Theatre will be turned into a grand ballroom when the stage floor is extended over the audience seats creating an extraordinary venue that has been similarly staged at Carnegie Hall and Robinson Auditorium.

The Friday night event will feature the band Big Phil and the Chill, heavy hors d’oeuvres, margaritas, a wine and beer pull, and a preview of the artwork, parties, jewelry, and other items that will be available at the silent and live auctions on Saturday night.

The Saturday black tie optional evening will open with a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by dinner and the perennially popular live auction. Tickets to attend this first-time-ever transformation of The Center’s theater are $60/person for Friday night, $100/person for Saturday night, and $150/person for both nights.

Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early. Call 870-536-3375 if you would like to be added to the Potpourri mailing list.

Just a few of the impressive items that will be available for auction are a diamond necklace from Sissy’s Log Cabin; a Yeti cooler, grill, and other tailgate party items from MK Distributors; a Rolling Stones autographed guitar sponsored by Simmons First National Bank; a 007 movie poster autographed by all six James Bond actors and the secret agent’s weapon of choice, the Walther PPK380, sponsored by Pine Bluff National Bank; and, artwork by Kevin Cole and James Hayes—among other prominent artists whose work is currently on exhibition at the Arts & Science Center. Visit for an expanded list of items for auction at Potpourri.

The logos for Potpourri 2012 — OnStage were designed by Pine Bluff High School art students DaQuaron R. Dale and Ashley Gragg whose work was part of the PBHS annual art exhibition at The Center. DaQuaron painted Lady Sings the Blues a portrait of a jazz singer that graces the save-the-date cards, invitations, and posters and Ashley Gragg painted the signature lips logo. In addition to the artworks being used to promote the event, the original pieces will be part of the artwork that is on sale during the Potpourri art auction.

Proceeds from Potpourri fund the wide range of Arts & Science Center programs—from visual and performing arts to science and engineering. Theatrical and musical performances; exhibits from nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming artists; Live at 5 monthly jazz series; science and engineering exhibitions from the Arkansas Discovery Network; school field trips, classes, workshops, internships, education outreach, and community collaborations; and the Main Street exhibition space are just some of the activities that are made possible by the community’s generous support of Potpourri.