Freeport Art Museum’s annual dinner gala event Oct. 18

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Illinois — Freeport Art Museum (FAM) presents its 24th Annual Dinner Gala, the most important fund-raiser for the museum, Saturday, Oct. 18. This year’s event brings the arts to the downtown district and features one of the city’s historic spaces. Located in a now vacant building once known as the Hoffman Fur building on the corner of Van Buren and Main, the space provides a unique and creative backdrop for an event celebrating the arts in the area.

This year’s theme, “REFIND,” is based on the exhibition of the same name on display in the space. Opening to a large crowd Aug. 22, this exhibition highlights four artists including Jesus Correa, John Deill, Jeremy Klonicki and Carmen Turner, who each utilize found or salvaged objects in creating their work. Saved from obscurity and often the landfill, the objects they select are not simply repurposed, but are formed into beautiful, unique works of art.

The evening’s main event features a gourmet dinner featuring pork tenderloin roast with wild mushroom stuffing and prime rib as the main course. A live auction will present art from local and regional artists as well as artworks culled from the museum’s “attic.” Finely crafted, these pieces range from exquisite Mexican handmade paper to a late 19th-century wood chest from Japan. Stored for many years awaiting an opportunity like this event, these pieces are perfect for the collector of unique items. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while guests are invited to take part in a Beat the Clock auction. Part live, part silent, this fun and fast bidding method will have guests competing with each other for an array of artistic items.

Following the gourmet dinner and live auction, guests are invited to enjoy pumpkin tiramisu and coffee.

Tickets for “REFIND” must be purchased in advance and are $95 per ticket. For tickets and details, call (815) 235-9755 or visit www.freeportartmuseum.org.

Established in 1975, FAM shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods, including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings and sculpture. FAM is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are accepted.

Posted Oct. 15, 2014

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