Art in the Dark

Masks painted by artist Sarah Marie Egge will be worn during Art in the Dark: A Fluorescent Event, a fundraiser on behalf of the Cooper Center for Creative Arts.

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The Cooper Center for Creative Arts is planning an evening of lights-out entertainment this weekend.

Art in the Dark: A Fluorescent Event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Cooper Center, 1174 N. Fourth St. Tickets are $35 each or $50 for two.

San Francisco-based Nina G, who describes herself as a stuttering stand-up comedian, will be the night’s performer. In addition to doing stand-up, Nina G also writes children’s books and advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.

In keeping with the night’s theme, Laramie artists have prepared fluorescent artwork for display beneath black lights that will be prevalent throughout the event. Participants can add to the look by having their faces painted with fluorescent colors or donning fluorescent masks.

“There’s going to be a mix of artwork,” said Ark outreach specialist Peter Laegrid.

The evening also includes a beer and wine tasting by Northridge Discount Liquors and heavy appetizers.

“It should be a really cool-looking event,” Peter said.

Art in the Dark is a fundraiser for the Cooper Center, which is a division of Ark Regional Services. The main focus of the Cooper Center is to provide artistic opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Art students can take classes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques, drawing, painting and printmaking.

The Cooper Center also offers classes in theater, dance, literature and more.

Some Cooper Center artists have been producing and selling art in the community for years. The center’s actors regularly take the stage performing comedies, dramas and musicals for the Laramie community.

Laegrid said proceeds from Art in the Dark would support the center’s operating expenses, such as art supplies, theater production costs, instruments and other equipment.

Nina G is scheduled to perform at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available at Ark Regional Services, 1150 N. Third St., the Cooper Center or online at

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