Council Seeks Sponsors
For 2nd Annual Miniature Masterpiece Fundraiser
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
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 a
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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