When they left the museum after the Nov. 8 event, the walls were stripped bare and display cases were empty.
But it wasn’t the result of some great art heist.
Instead, patrons came, enjoyed a cocktail or two, dined on a gourmet meal created by Little Moir’s Food Shack, then darted about the Tequesta museum choosing a work to take home in an event that raised more than $85,000 for the ArtCenter. Laurie and Bill Brower chaired D’Art, which had a sell-out crowd. Susan Bardin served as emcee.
“Our guests had a blast,” said Katie Deits, executive director of the ArtCenter. “Everyone was delighted with the art works they received.”
Artists from South Florida and as far away as Wisconsin, New York and Massachusetts, donated more than 220 works of art, jewelry and artist-made home décor for the benefit, which raises money for the museum and art school, currently marking its 50th anniversary.
Because the ArtCenter was founded in 1964, the evening’s theme was based works by artists of the era. Each table was adorned with an original sculpture by artists Gerri Aurre and Julie Silk Beaumont, inspired by the ground-breaking and avantgarde art scene in the 1960s. Guests were greeted with signature D’Artini drinks and invited to view the incredible selection of artwork on display.
“Artists really are stepping up to the challenge each year,” Ms. Deits said. “The caliber of art was amazing. This event is made possible by the generosity of these talented donating artists.”
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On Nov. 1, awards were presented at the Artists’ Appreciation and Collectors’ Preview Party, an exclusive event for donating artists that was sponsored by Key Private Bank.
The D’Art for Art exhibition was judged and awards were presented. Best of Show was awarded to Bill Jones for “Treasury,” a wood-turned lidded vessel fashioned from Red Morrel burl and African Blackwood. First Place went to Nancy Brown for a 46”x33” color photograph titled, “Birdman of Zhougian.” “Sentinels,” an oil painting by Rick Lewis won second place, and an excaustic by Kat Fox won third place. A small oil painting titled, “Waiting for the Bridge,” by Jeanette Chupack was awarded Fourth Place.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Gerri Aurre, Cindy Bartosek, Durga Garcia, Justin Lambert, Fern Samuels, Paul Slater, Gray Thomas and Barbara Winkel.
This year the event also featured exclusive miniature paintings for sale by thirty of the donating artists including Judy Flescher, Esther Gordon, Tess Linsay, Ted Matz, Marilyn Muller, Quince Quaintance, Ralph Papa, Manon Sander, Nancy Steinberg, Laurie Williamson and David Willson.
For information on the Lighthouse Art- Center Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit LighthouseArts.org or call 746-3101.