Silvermine Arts Center, located in New Canaan, hosted its 90th anniversary benefit and gala, "Paint it Black," Saturday May 5.
Patti Hansen and Keith Richards, strong supporters of Silvermine's outreach and scholarship programs, were the honorary chairpersons. The guests arrived in creative black tie, entering through the Sculpture Gardens to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the galleries featuring the artwork of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Guests were then led into the dining tent where they enjoyed a sit down Caribbean meal provided by Festivities, danced to a reggae band and music provided by DJ Alexandra Richards and participated in a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Carolyn Kepcher, a judge from the first season of "The Apprentice."
Auction items included the Richards' beach front home in Turks and Caicos, and 2013 tickets to the Kentucky Derby and the Masters Golf Tournament. The original drawing for the program cover, by Keith Richards, sold for $23,000.
The benefit was a great success, netting more than $200,000, with the proceeds going directly to the arts center's outreach and scholarship programs. The signature outreach program, Art Partners, is nearing its 20th year of operation, bringing the joy and benefit of the arts to thousands of students who would never otherwise experience the enjoyment of the arts.
"Ninety years as an artist-founded and led organization is truly worth celebrating," Executive Director Leslee Asch said. "We are very grateful to our honorary [chairmen], Patti Hansen and Keith Richards, the gala committee and our sponsors for making this event one to be remembered."
The Gala Committee for the anniversary celebration led by gala chairman Carol Perry from Weston, included Theodora Bergschneider (Easton), Stephanie Ercegovic (Westpor), Heather Gaudio (Fairfield), Meredith Hutchison (Westport), Michele Marsh, Roger Mudre and Leslie Giuliani (Weston) and Leslee Asch (Old Greenwich). Corporate sponsors of the 90th anniversary benefit included Robert Graham Designs, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and Fairway Markets.
Art Partners is an arts education program that places professional teaching artists in the classrooms of area urban schools in Norwalk and Stamford to offer hands-on curriculum based workshops. The goal of Art Partners is to increase young people's opportunity to grow into independent, grounded adults. With public school budgets under severe constraints, Art Partners is one of the few independent visual art programs currently available in the Norwalk and Stamford schools. Whether in school or on-site at Silvermine, Art Partners reaches minority and under-resourced students and teachers. Art Partners, and similar outreach programs, will greatly benefit from the donations received from supporters and donors.
For more information about the many events, exhibits and course offerings, call 203-966-9700 or visit www.silvermineart.org.
Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for all ages, a gift shop and galleries, offering 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.