An intriguing new fundraiser has been announced by Rose Center Council for the Arts.

Executive Director Beccy Hamm teased a bit about the event, dubbed “A Midsummer Social,” during the recent MAA Juried Art Show reception held at Rose Center in Morristown.

She recently offered a few more details.

“The napkins may or may not be pressed, but the champagne glow of soft lights will soon beckon us to cozy up to breezy summer cocktails and easy conversation with friends,” Hamm said. “It is June, and summer party season is upon us.”

Described as a fast-paced fundraising event and casual social mixer, it will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“A limited number of tickets will go on sale July 1 for the special evening of live music, delectable savories, cash-bar, artful conversation, and much fun,” Hamm said.

The event is presented by Commercial Bank.

If all goes according to plans, the evening will prove to be a truly unique event in the Rose Center calendar, according to Hamm.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy a festive atmosphere listening to the local jazz combo “Cool Breeze,” sampling appetizers provided by Aubrey’s, and socializing. A cash bar will also be available.

The casual social event will support Rose Center programs, while inviting guests to mix and mingle with regional artists and other art-lovers in the community.

All of the limited number of tickets will be sold in advance at $35 each.

As a special “thank you” and conversation starter, each guest will be given a number as they arrive. Guests will then match their number to a piece of original art or craft on display at the event.

Word in the local art scene is that a whole collective of artists is busy readying work they will generously donate, so that each and every guest goes home with a high-quality original work of art or handmade fine craft. The art may include watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, woodwork or other 3-dimensional art.

“However, in true topsy-turvy summer social fashion, Rose Center is interjecting some irreverent fun into the event by allowing guests to trade and swap their pieces,” Hamm said.

A number of artists who will donate artwork are expected to attend the social, enabling ticket-holders to find out more about their inspiration for the pieces.

And, for those who like to select what they take home, there will also be a silent auction with a variety of items from art to gift baskets and gift certificates. The event has been planned by the Artists Advisory Council, with support from Rose Center staff and board of directors. Rose Center, a nonprofit arts agency serving the Lakeway Area, hosts concerts, exhibits, classes in arts and fitness, summer arts camps, and rental space.

Tickets will be available July 1 at Rose Center Council for the Arts, 442 W 2nd North Street in Morristown. More information is available at Rose Center, 423-581-4330 or Artists who would like to participate will need to submit their artwork before June 28.