Create! events offer fun, preview of Embassy Suites

Kyle Singleton draws caricatures at last year’s Create! festival, which returns this year with a VIP party at the new Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Amarillo on Friday and the festival at the Downtown Amarillo Library on Saturday. (Provided photo)

The Embassy Suites Hotel — one of the downtown Amarillo catalyst projects — will be the site of Center City of Amarillo’s “Create!” VIP Preview Party on from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

 

The VIP event is the first part of the two-day Create! art festival celebrating art and those who create it in Amarillo.

“Center City is proud to announce that our Create! VIP party will be the first event at the Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown hotel and convention center,” said Beth Duke, executive director of Center City.

“This new property promises to be a new attraction for Amarillo with its modern décor and open meeting spaces.”

The VIP party’s $75 per-person charge will help raise funds for Saturday’s free Family Festival at the Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as Center City and the Amarillo Cultural District.

“Center City applied with the Texas Commission on the Arts to become a designated Cultural District. The Amarillo Cultural District became official in September. With Create! we are celebrating all the great artistic culture our city has to offer,” Duke said.

Those attending the VIP party will not only help support downtown activities but will be among the first to have a chance to see the new Embassy Suites at 550 S. Buchanan St., according to Duke.

“We’ll have a silent auction, 12 local artists selling their works, creative food and drink, music from the Cassettes and an opportunity to create your own art with Burns Studio,” Duke said.

To purchase individual tickets at $75 or a table of eight in the Sanborn Room for $2,500, call Center City at 806-372-6744.

VIP event attendees will also get a chance to have a caricature done by artist Kyle Singleton, a silent auction with donations of original art and other merchandise and a photo booth by Happy State Bank.

Create! moves to the parking lot of the Amarillo Downtown Public Library and the north parking lot of the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

The festival will feature food booths, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Inside the Amarillo Public Library, the library will host showings of short films, story time and craft activities.

The event will also feature the Xcel Energy stage with live entertainment throughout the afternoon, including Andy Chase, the Dust Jackets and Mike Fuller

How to go

What: Center City’s Create!

When: 6:30-11 p.m. Friday (VIP Preview Party); 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (Festival)

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 550 S. Buchanan St.; Downtown Public Library, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave.

How much: $75 for invididuals, $2,500 for table of eight; Free

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