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Art League Happy Hour: The Inspiration

Join us a couple days a week for Art League Happy Hour (yes, we like to go to happy hour a couple days a week). During Art League Happy Hour you can read up on Art on the Rocks news and see video clips of our participating bartenders creating their artistic cocktails.

With Art on the Rocks just two weeks away, the mixologists have already selected the artwork that will inspire their new mixed drinks.

The third annual celebration of art and cocktails will be Wednesday, October 24, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Click here to buy your ticket. Ticketholders can sample all six drinks — created by mixologists from Bastille, Chadwick’s, Columbia Firehouse, the Light Horse Restaurant, Red Rocks Pizza Napoletana, and Union Street Public House — and then vote for their favorite. There will also be live jazz by the Gassmann Duo and appetizers from the participating restaurants.

The evening’s libations will be inspired by specific pieces of artwork from “Color Sphere,” the October exhibit in The Art League Gallery. These are some of the pieces chosen so far:

“Painted Elephant, Jaipur,” photograph by Frances Borchardt, left, and “Starn Wave,” oil on panel by Dennis Crayon.

Brodie Evans from Union Street Public House will be creating a drink based on Frances Borchardt’s photograph of a painted elephant. Justin Matlak of the Light Horse Restaurant, one of the winners in last year’s tie decision, selected a trompe l’oeil painting by Dennis Crayon.

“Molten Gold,” photograph by Thomas Roberts.

Bastille’s bartender will be working with Molten Gold — can we expect a hot beverage? Or one that’s bright yellow?

Two of the other selections (below), by Paul Fehn of Chadwick’s and Aisling Fitzpatrick of Columbia Firehouse, were more abstract and stratified. Perhaps we’ll be trying a layered cocktail or two?

We’ll be publishing videos with the bartenders mixing up their creations as Art on the Rocks draws nearer. Until then, it’s time to speculate! What kind of drinks do you think will come from this art? Let us know in the comments. Anything can happen — last year’s event even had a marshmallow cocktail.

For more information about Art on the Rocks and to purchase tickets, click here.

“Rosy Fingered Dawn,” acrylic by Ellen Delaney.
“Summer Color III,” pigment print by Colleen Henderson.

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