Uncork for the Arts 2016: Art, Wine, and Good Times

Uncork for the Arts 2016 was a fun-filled night of unique art, wine, and community. Guests were welcomed with live piano music by the talented Ellen Boudreaux as they arrived, enjoyed fruit and cheese platters, and shopped art displays on the patio.

Ellen B Ellen Boudreaux, Short Center North client and musical savant

Appetizers2Appetizers by Hannibal’s Catering

Art PurchasesArt PatioArt on EaselsDavid Art PurchaseBenefit Auctioneer, David Sobon adding to his art collection

John, Jim Anderson and Guests

ScarvesJewelryScarves and jewelry by Alan Short Center

Diane 365 GuestDiane, the lucky Sacramento365 ticket giveaway winner enjoying her new scarf!

We can’t thank enough the many generous volunteers who made this event a success.


Just a handful of some of our amazing volunteers!

Volunteers RegistrationVolunteers Susan Silvester, Steve Andrews, and Amber Walters welcoming and checking in guests

Ann W and GuestsAmy, Luke and GuestsFrank, Jeff and Guest

Yvonne Steve Arita Art PresentationYvonne Soto, CEO, presenting Steve Arita from our hosting sponsor, Chevron, with a piece of art by Alan Short Center artist John Ezell.

The evening continued with a wine pairing dinner featuring wines by Lago di Merlo Vineyards and McNab Ridge winery. The wine was presented by Frank Merlo who engaged the audience by calling upon guests to share their favorite wine and food pairings.

Frank Merlo1Frank Merlo, Collector of Fine Wines

Susan Wine SharingSusan Silvester, Short Center North employee, sharing her thoughts on the wine

Wine SharingLaughsDavid Sobon Wine GiftDavid Sobon with a bottle of Cabernet gifted to him by Frank Merlo

David was an excellent host of the live auction which featured work by artists from Short Center South, Short Center North, and the Alan Short Center. In addition to art pieces, our programs sold a promotional video advertisement produced by the award winning E+ productions and a Garden Basket of the Month subscription grown by the Alan Short Center.

AuctionPictured: “Map of a City Part 1” by artist William Haddad of Short Center North


Rick JenningsVice Mayor Rick Jennings

The evening concluded with an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of this year’s remarkable honorees. Co-Emcees Dennis Curry, E+ Program Director, and Sam Stanovic, E+ Client were the perfect pair to introduce each honoree and share their stories.

Dennis and Sam Emcees2

Dennis Curry and Sam Stanovic, Co-Emcees

Jose HonoreeJose Bodas, Short Center North honoree receiving award from Steve Arita

Watch the Honoree Highlight video below to get to know each of this year’s honorees!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for the festivities, supported DDSO’s mission, and made the night memorable.

We hope to see you at Uncork for the Arts 2017!

Photography by Tia Gemmell, Riverview Media

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