DART for ART 2020



Preview Night: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
DART for ART: Thursday, July 16, 2020

DART for ART is held at the Irish Boat Shop Warehouse
195 Fairview, Harbor Springs

DART for ART is Crooked Tree Arts Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. One of the premier events in Northern Michigan, DART is not your typical fundraising party - it’s a two-day event with an arts and epicurean emphasis!

DART culminates with guests "darting" (running) for their choice of more than 250 original pieces of work created by artists of local, regional, and national acclaim!

On Wednesday’s PREVIEW NIGHT, meet the winemakers, chefs and artists! Sample wine and craft beer as you dine on specialty dishes and desserts from guest chefs, bid on auction items, and preview all the DART for ART artwork. This pop-up gallery features more than 250 pieces from local and national artists - everything from paintings, watercolor, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and more! 

Thursday’s MAIN EVENT begins with cocktails and featured hors d’oeuvres from guest chefs and continues with a seated gourmet dinner. There are many wonderful items to bid on in both the silent and live auctions. The evening concludes with the most exciting part of the night - “darting” for artwork! Guests will "dart" (run) for their choice of artwork from the pop-up gallery and leave with an original work of art at no extra cost - "darting" is included in the ticket price.

Proceeds from DART for ART benefit the arts center’s year-round programs including exhibitions, concerts, classes, school tours, dance, scholarships, and so much more. If you would like to learn more about this distinctive event, please contact CTAC at 231.347.4337 or andrea@crookedtree.org.

DART for ART Preview Night Information & Reservations

DART for ART Main Event Information & Reservations

View the 2018 Photo Gallery

2020 Featured Artist: Trisha Witty




It’s long been said that those who have an artistic gift know what direction life will take; that creating art will be a passionate journey rather than a career. For artist Trisha Witty, as early as age three, her family could see her strong interest in drawing and painting.

Throughout her young life, her oils and canvases were always at hand, and by age fifteen, Witty sold her first painting. She was hooked. “When I saw that I could potentially make money selling paintings in the summer rather than making thousands of donuts for my family’s bakery, I could imagine a future doing what I loved - being an artist,” Witty recalls with a chuckle. 

In 1992, at age nineteen, she opened an exclusive gallery in her hometown of Harbor Springs. Her work was well-received, which increased her happiness within the art world. This small community on a tiny jewel-box of a harbor in Little Traverse Bay where Witty was raised, was a strong influence in her emerging art style. Studying the flawlessly clear water, stretches of pristine beaches, and the deep forests gave pleasure to her artful eye. Early on, her oils were free-flowing, dappled meadows, wind-driven lake clouds, delicate nuances of flora, fauna, and glistening shorelines, all courtesy of the local environment, plus her own keen, self-taught skills.

As a young artist and entrepreneur, Witty managed to balance painting, business, and education, receiving three Liberal Arts degrees from the University of Michigan. In the late ‘90s, after graduating, she spent time in Florida having a gallery in Naples and a studio in South Beach Miami. Witty trekked to the Caribbean, throughout Europe, and all the way to the Middle East. And for many winters, Witty set up her easel in California. As a result, viewers of her oils enjoy an array of subjects, from the ocean coastlines to mountain peaks, and lavender fields to vineyards. She paints distinctive, locale-specific scenes as well, including a charming line of working camels in Dubai.

Witty has respectfully paid close attention to the arts, culture, and essence of each locale in which she’s had the privilege to visit or live. Her art, all in archival oils and painting with the strokes of a single palette knife, have light and life - they move and breathe.

Along her professional path, Trisha Witty has found a warm reception for her work, whether with established patrons or with those who are becoming newly acquainted with her. This interaction has nurtured personal growth for her as an artist and given her sustained passion to create. When a new piece is coming into being, and the first inspired bit of paint hits the canvas, Witty can barely contain the butterflies of excitement. Hundreds of her well-loved and special creations hang in collections, both near and far...she invites you to share in the experience. 


Call for DART for ART Donations - COMING SOON!

We hope that you will join us in our mission and donate a piece of your art in support of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

CTAC uses CAFE (CallforEntry.org)a free, online service for artists for all calls for entry, including DART for ART call for donations. Should you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Blythe at (231) 347-7870.


The DART Artists Catalog

CTAC produces a full-color catalog of the donated artwork for the event that includes each artist’s contact information, and galleries that exhibit their work. The catalog is given to each DART for ART guest, is posted on CTAC’s website and in our galleries.  Artists interested in donating to DART for ART, may complete the Call for Donations above or contact Lucy Blythe, at lucy@crookedtree.org.


View the 2019 DART Artists Catalog