Evanston Art Center’s 25th Annual 2012 Spring Benefit nets $40,000
David Hart of Evanston and Sharon Dixon of Winnetka | Photo courtesy of Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography
EVENT: 25th annual Spring Benefit Art Auction
BENEFITING: Evanston Art Center (EAC)
DATE: May 19, 2012
LOCATION: Evanston Art Center
Updated: July 25, 2012 9:22PM
On May 19th 2012, the Evanston Art Center (EAC), Board of Trustees, and event co-chairs, Karen Hunt and Debra Favre, hosted a closing night gala for the 25th Annual Spring Benefit Art Auction.
With over 250 guests in attendance, the event had an incredibly successful year, netting $40,000 in art sales and donations that will provide art education, exhibitions, and other outreach programs to the community. The art-loving public had an opportunity to view and bid on paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and other artworks donated by over 160 Chicago area artists including: Jill King, Dan Addington, Jane Fulton Alt, Nina Weiss, Susan Sensemann, Didier Nolet, Larry Chait, and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris. The preview exhibition and advance bidding began April 29th and continued until the live auction on the night of Saturday, May 19th.
David Kaufman conducted the live auction of five works, with Executive Director, Norah Diedrich as artistic commentator. In addition to the silent and live art auctions, this year’s gala featured an “Experience Auction”, offering items such as hotel stays, restaurants, and spa packages. New this year was the $50 Treasure Room, where guests could claim paintings, drawings, jewelry, and accessories on a first come, first serve basis for the price of $50. Guests enjoyed wine, refreshments, delicious hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Many thanks to all donating artists and to everyone who made Spring Benefit a huge success!
The following galleries donated artwork to Spring Benefit: LVL3 Gallery, Pagoda Red, Vale Craft Gallery, Floating World Gallery, Monique Meloche Gallery, OnView Gallery, McCormick Gallery, and Printworks Gallery. Framing services were donated by Shaun Chinsky of Goods of Evanston. Additional thanks to the EAC’s corporate sponsors who help support this event and others designed help widen the scope of the Art Center’s mission: First Bank and Trust, Larsen Manufacturing, Romano Brothers and Co., and Sage Products.
A non-profit organization, the Evanston Art Center is one of the largest community art centers in the greater Chicago/North Shore region of Illinois. For over 80 years, the Evanston Art Center has been dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the visual arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibition, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.
The Evanston Art Center is located at 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL. Limited, free parking is available. For more information please see evanstonartcenter.org, or call Paula Danoff, Director of Communications, at (847) 475-5300 extension 206.