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Uncommon Cause is this Saturday – here's what you need to know. 

Tickets can be purchased online until 12:00 pm on Saturday. 

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Please join the Columbus Area Arts Council for Uncommon Cause, Columbus’ not-to-be-missed community arts celebration.

Uncommon Cause:
Flourishing Through Art

August 5, 2023
7:00–11:00 pm

Harrison Lake Country Club

588 S Country Club Road
Columbus, IN 47201

Our theme, “Flourishing through Art,” highlights the transformative power of art in fostering personal and collective well-being. Dress in festive florals and blooming botanicals.  

The event will pay tribute to artist Peter Gethin Thomas whose remarkable career has flourished for decades.


Tickets ✿ Ages 21+ 

$150 per person 


Live Auction  > 
Silent Art Auction
Pop-up Shop 

Honoring Peter Gethin Thomas  >

Best Dressed Awards  
Music + Dancing
Photo Booth
Hors d’oeuvres + Cash Bar

Peter Gethin Thomas

Uncommon Cause will honor the celebrated artist Peter Gethin Thomas, whose exceptional career has thrived over the course of many years.

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About Peter Gethin Thomas


Peter Gethin Thomas is an artist and educator. He served as the art director of a federal agency in Washington, D.C., the Dean of the Corcoran School of Art, and chairman of the painting departments at state universities in New York and Tennessee, where he also taught. Peter holds a BFA and MA in fine arts from the University of Alabama and a Certificate of Art from the University of Mexico City. He has also lived and studied in Europe.

Peter has held one-person shows in a dozen states and has participated in numerous group shows nationally. His paintings, drawings and watercolors are in hundreds of collections. His art appears in the public collections of MIT, the Louisiana Arts and Science Center, American University, the former Corcoran Gallery of Art, the State University of New York – Potsdam, and the Federal Reserve Board. His work in included in the holdings of multiple corporate collections, such as, Columbia Pictures, IBM, The Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae), Embassy Suites, American Public Power Association, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Deloitte and Touche and the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Fulbright & Jaworski, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Fund a Need


Immediately following the Live Auction, we will raise funds for a new type of program. “Flourishing Through Art” is a series of arts programming that aims to address the crucial issue of mental health through the power of creative expression. Through a series of events and activities, we hope to provide a space for individuals to explore and process their emotions, improve their mental health, and build a sense of community.

The programming includes a variety of art forms, such as music, visual arts, creative writing, and dance. Each event is designed to be inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to individuals of all ages and backgrounds, with no previous experience or skill level required. All programming is offered free of charge to the community.

Participants will be able to engage in various activities that explore different facets of mental health, including coping mechanisms, self-care practices, and building resilience. Events will also feature mental health professionals and advocates, providing a platform for attendees to learn about available resources and support.

Fund a need

Best Dressed Awards

New this year! Join us in celebrating the art of fashion as we acknowledge the best dressed. Judging will take place throughout the evening and awards will be given in two categories. 

"Floral Fashion"

Show off your botanical-inspired and fashion-forward floral looks. These looks can be inspired by the runway or celebrate the beauty and artistry of clothing.

"Creative Costume"

Grab your hot glue gun and have fun! Let your creativity flourish and craft a truly unique costume, from fantastical flowers to ethereal garden-inspired ensembles.

Check out our fashion and theme inspiration board on Pinterest.

Best Dressed

Turtle's Flowers

We're partnering with Tiffany at Turtle's Flowers. Contact her to order your custom wearable flowers: flower crowns, corsages, boutonnieres, and even flowers applied directly to your skin! Check out her Pinterest board for inspiration.

Sponsorship Information

Support the work of the Columbus Area Arts Council by sponsoring Uncommon Cause. 

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