An evening of culture, cocktails and canapes: irresistible, no?

9 04 2009


…and the prizes are still rolling in…


Michael O’Dea, Portrait of Marcia Hines.

Cultural philanthropists, come on down!! The Bega Regional Gallery is holding a cocktail party and charity ‘irish’ auction to celebrate the gallery’s inaugural Artist in Residence Program, featuring the recipient of the 2008 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, Andrew Forsythe.

Building on the gallery’s reputation as home to one of the largest portrait prizes in the country, we are hosting Pick a Portrait, a themed fundraiser to be held at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery on Friday the 17th of April. Patrons can expect a gala night of fun and frivolity, cocktails and canapés, and a long list of desirable booty ranging from objets d’arts to the highlight of the evening, a commissioned portrait by the guest of honour and resident artist himself. Mona Lisa sat for one, so did the Queen and Andy Warhol.  And now this is your chance to win a portrait  – subject of your own choosing – by celebrated painter Andrew Forsythe (to be painted in the week immediately following the auction.)

But wait there’s more. The portrait by Forsythe is only one of the unique works up for ‘auction’. Other goodies include a portrait by award winning photographer Eryca Green, a cameo from silversmith Sharon Corthwaite, a place in Andrew Forsythe’s upcoming portraiture workshop, a case of wine from the Rocky Hall Winery, a commissioned portrait by Danielle Pirie, a “Feed Your Face” luncheon for two at Red Café, a portrait of Marcia Hines by Michael O’Day, and much much more.

The auction will be run along the lines of the classic Wyndham Irish Auction – a mongrel blend of raffle and chance – where bidders purchase ‘auction slips’ (tickets), which they then put into a draw for the items of their choice. The winner of each prize is subsequently drawn out of a hat. There will be a tiered range of ticket prices to reflect the value of the respective prizes ($5, $10, $20) and no limit on the number of tickets entered by any individual. This makes for a particularly inclusive and egalitarian system, allowing all comers an even chance of winning the prize.

 Entry for the evening is $30 and $25 for Regional Gallery Members.

Bega Valley Shire Council Cultural Services Co-ordinator, Penny Amberg says the auction not only provides a unique opportunity to purchase/win a portrait by Forsythe – who has also been a finalist in the Doug Moran portraiture competition – but gives people the opportunity to participate in some well placed (and badly needed) cultural philanthropy.

 “It will be a fun and entertaining night with everyone able to win prizes and take part in our portraiture auction,” says Ms Amberg . “It’s also a good opportunity to come and view the remodelled gallery and meet our new curator Megan Bottari.”

Funds raised from the Pick a Portrait evening will be used to upgrade facilities at the Gallery and seed future gallery projects.

The function commences at 6.30pm for 7.00, at the Regional Gallery in Zingel Place, Bega.

Tickets for the Fundraiser are now on sale through the Gallery

Interested parties are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to facilitate catering.

For Further Media Information Contact: >>.Rachel Burns Public Programs Coordinator on 64992268





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