Brunswick Arts Council Seeks Sponsors
For 2nd Annual Miniature Masterpiece Fundraiser

Press Release

June 25, 2005 – Calabash, North Carolina (NC) - The Brunswick Arts Council of Brunswick County, North Carolina is currently seeking sponsors for its 2nd Annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces. The‘Miniature Masterpiece’ Paradise I, Acrylic by Susan Dade black tie (optional) event will be held on Saturday evening, November 19 of this year at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, North Carolina, and is the Council’s major fundraising event.

The event itself is an unusual departure from most fundraisers. Tickets cost $99 each. One dollar more admits a guest, so it’s basically $100 per couple. The evening’s amenities include fine wine, a gourmet buffet, live entertainment AND an original “miniature masterpiece.”

Area artists have donated original miniature (four-inch by four-inch, as a rule) pieces of art in a wide range of media such as oil, pastel, watercolor, hand-blown glass, pottery and sculpture.

Chuck McLachlin, known for both watercolor and acrylic work has donated one of each. Sterling Edwards, who is scheduled to give aUntitled Watercolor by Sterling Edwards workshop at Sunset River Marketplace in September, has also provided one. Oil painters David Leadman and Nancy Marshall, who own Walls Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina are contributing work as well. Jill Hope and Babs Ludwick have created miniature abstract pieces for the event. Award-winning clay artists Brian Evans and Cindy Weaver both donated artwork, as have Brunswick artists Lynn Stanzlaus and Ortrud Tyler.

Ginny Lassiter owner of Sunset River Marketplace, who also sits on the Arts Council board, said, “People draw numbers for the artwork, so there’s a great deal of excitement as they discover which one is theirs. Since people have different tastes in art, they trade back and forth … it’s a lot of fun for everyone.”

Sponsors to date include the Star-News; Coastal Printing & Graphics; Carolyn Felton/Banc of America Investments, Inc; Sunset River Marketplace; Brunswick County Department of Parks & Recreation and the Brunswick Beacon.

Said event chair, Dariel Bendin, “Last year’s Evening of Miniature Masterpieces was very successful. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and people attending we’ve been able to sponsor more art programs and allot increased dollars to our grant programs.

“We’re looking for sponsors — individuals, companies or organizations — who recognize the importance of art and understand the immense benefit that art brings to a community. Concerts, theatre, dance, visual art, literary art ... these bring so much to our lives.” She went on to say that one of the most important achievements (and goals) of the Council has been to develop and support art programs in the classroom.

Sponsor levels for the fundraiser for the arts range from $500 to $2,500, although the group will, of course, accept other donations. Bendin added, “We go out of our way to thank and promote our sponsors — not just in our advertising, but through our publicity efforts and our day-to-day encounters, as well.”

Brunswick Arts Council is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. There are various levels at which to join: $10, Basic; $25, Sponsor; $75, Corporate Partner and $100, Friend. For information about becoming a sponsor of this year’s Evening of Miniature Masterpieces or joining the Brunswick Arts Council, contact Bendin at 910-269-1552. The mailing address is Brunswick Arts Council, Box 276, Supply, NC 28462.

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