VIRTUAL DART for ART 2020 - Tickets on sale now!

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August 13 - 20, 2020

DART for ART has gone the social distance!
For the health and safety of our guests, DART for ART will take place ONLINE!


This summer, Crooked Tree Arts Center is celebrating its 23rd annual arts fundraiser, DART for ART, in a new way. Join us as we celebrate the sunset on half a century of inspiring and enriching lives through the arts in Northern Michigan - ONLINE. While we may not be celebrating and fundraising in person, this reimagined event will feature all of your favorite DART highlights, plus a live-stream culmination to a week of festivities.


  • Dinner and drinks for you and your guest(s) at your choice of Dart for Art partner restaurant - use within one year
  • Live-stream events, artist demos, and performances from the CTAC School of Music, CTAC School of Ballet, Trisha Witty, and more
  • Free entry into daily “virtual door prizes”
  • A $250 credit for artwork from the DART for ART online art gallery
  • Exclusive online auctions and raffles
  • Host an in-home viewing party for the live-stream finale and we’ll deliver wine and a complimentary cheese and charcuterie tray from Petoskey Cheese to your door! (Bronze level & above)

The 2020 Virtual DART for ART Featured Artist is Harbor Springs’ own Trisha Witty. The featured artwork, entitled “Ethereal,” is an original palette knife oil painting created by Witty, which will be auctioned off online during the event. One of Northern Michigan’s premier local artists, Trisha Witty is honored to be CTAC’s featured artist for the 2020 Virtual DART for ART: “I have supported and donated original art to this event for the past 15 years. Dart has always been one of my favorite ways to contribute to our community enrichment.”

As always, the DART for ART gallery will feature original works of art, including paintings, watercolor, photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and more! CTAC tentatively plans to display all donated DART of ART artwork in the Petoskey galleries for in-person viewing. However, if the galleries are not yet open to the public, small groups may schedule a private tour in advance and during the event week.

Each year, DART culminates with guests "darting" (running) for their choice of original pieces of work created by artists of local, regional, and national acclaim - this will be done ONLINE this year. Each attendee will receive a $250 credit (per couple) to apply to their choice of artwork from the online catalog. All artwork will begin at $250, and you may bid additional funds on any artwork available - or use your credit with no additional costs to you.

Dart for Art is CTAC’s largest fundraiser. Now, more than ever before, we are depending on community support to provide arts opportunities and education for years to come! 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

New this year! A portion of proceeds will be paid directly to the donating artist! 

We've partnered with local restaurants and small businesses to provide dining packages for guests and donating artists in lieu of our annual 500-seat dinner. Use any time within a year! 


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!

Call for DART for ART Donations

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

Download the donation information & form


The DART Artists Catalog

CTAC will produce a full-color online flipbook of the donated artwork for the event that includes each artist’s contact information and galleries that exhibit their work. The flipbook will be available on CTAC’s website & DART event website.  Artists interested in donating to DART for ART may complete the form for Donations above, or contact Andrea Coronado at or (231) 881-2310

View the 2019 DART Artists Catalog