Thursday, March 11, 2010

Registration due Friday for 'Bella Notte'

If you’re anything like me, your walls are decorated with discount store “artwork,” the pre-framed, generic pictures you got for a steal and that you were thrilled matched your decor.
My artist friends are probably cringing. But they just don’t understand.
I’ve written about many talented local artists, and I’ve coveted their work as I imagined their houses filled with their own beautiful creations. But what does a girl do when she A) doesn’t have the talent to make art, and B) can’t afford to pay big bucks for it?
The Student Art League has answered that question. During its event tonight, called “Bella Notte,” the group will be silent-auctioning original artwork to raise money for the league. There will also be a semi-formal dinner to rub elbows with said original artists.
Imagine: a nature photograph taken by the wonderful photographer Bayard Black, or a painting of sunflowers done by Brian Frink of Poor Farm Studios. And ... the best part ... those bidding determine the price, with proceeds going to support the making of more original work. A win-win, I would say.
The artwork up for auction has been produced by MSU faculty, students and local artists, including Black, Daniel Dinsmore, Windy Schultz, Pam Becker, Robert Finkler and more.
A portion of the money raised will go toward a student trip to New York in April and the rest will be used for league operating costs.

If you go
“Bella Notte,” a dinner, silent art auction and fundraiser for the MSU Student Art League
7 p.m. Friday, March 19, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, MSU
For the dinner: $10 for MSU students and $15 for non-students.
Register by calling 389-3235 or online at by Friday, March 12.

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