The Columbus Museum’s week-long fundraiser Let There Be Art! kicks off March 17th with Art After Dark, a preview party and gala where guests get an advance look at the art created by local and regional artists that will be available for purchase through March 25. The Art Show is open to the public Sunday, March 18 through Sunday, March 25. Entrance to the museum is free, as always, and guests can view and purchase art that week.
At last year’s inaugural week-long Art Show and Sale, more than 100 pieces of art were sold and more than $140,000 was raised for the Columbus Museum.
Art After Dark: 7 p.m. Saturday (March 17). A preview party and gala where guests get an advance look at the art that will be available for purchase through March 25. Cocktails and food will be served. Tickets cost $85.
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Dine & Design Luncheon: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 21). Interior designer Suzanne Kasler will be the featured speaker. Tickets cost $50.
Sunday (March 25) Lunch with Gospel Choir: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday (March 25). Gospel music and Southern cuisine. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12, free for those 3 and younger.
Raffle: A raffle drawing will be held at the Sunday Lunch, March 25th. The grand prize is a trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets cost $50.
Info: For more information and to purchase tickets to any of these events as well as the raffle, visit columbusmuseum.com/lettherebeart or call 706-748-2562, ext. 544.
Meet the key organizers for this fundraiser in this feature.
Role with Let There Be Art!: Show chairman
Family: Married to Jeremy Brewer. Two sons: Walker (4) and Ben (2). Two dogs, Molly and Gretel, one cat, Cooper, and two frogs, Ed and Fred
Background: Graduated from Denison University in 1999. Worked at National Geographic and in film production in Washington DC before moving back home to Columbus in 2007.
What do her magazine readers need to know about Let There Be Art!?
Let There Be Art! is a week-long art show and sale showcasing artists from the East Coast, throughout the South, and stretching across to Europe. With a fantastic inaugural year in 2011, the Show is once again, sure to be an event people will not want to miss. The committee has worked extremely hard to put together a phenomenal group of artists along with three spectacular events that are unique and unlike any other event held in Columbus!
What type of dress is desired for Art After Dark! and what are the highlights of that evening?
We call it “Colorful Cocktail Attire”. Think bright, fun, vibrant colors for cocktail dresses, suits, ties and bow ties! Guests who attend Art After Dark will not only enjoy a fantastic party, but will have the opportunity to preview and purchase artwork before the show opens to the public. Chef Jamie Keating and his team are preparing an exquisite and artistic menu that is sure to impress. In addition to divine food, Chef Keating will also be creating an inventive cocktail menu to be served at the Martini and Liquid Nitrogen Bar!
What design ideas do you hope interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s will share with those who attend the Dine & Design Luncheon?
We are absolutely thrilled to have Suzanne Kasler as our featured speaker this year! She is always looking for new directions and unique twists that ultimately bring a fresh approach to traditional design. I am excited to hear her ideas and inspirations behind her new product collections and hear her advice on the best ways to blend more traditional furniture/artwork, with newer, more contemporary pieces.
What Let There Be Art! activity is best suited for families?
The Sunday Gospel Lunch on March 25 will be a great event for the entire family. Jeremy and I are excited to bring our two boys! There will be arts and crafts for the children, delicious Southern food and live Gospel musical performances that people of all ages will enjoy.
Tell us about the Art In Santa Fe! raffle.
The grand prize for the Let There Be Art Raffle is a trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico – a city I have always wanted to visit! Roundtrip airfare, a deluxe suite at the renowned Inn of the Five Graces, private guided tours, museum passes, historical walking tour, private cooking class, spa package... this trip has it all! There will also be a 2nd and 3rd drawing for $500 and $250 cash.
Family: Married to Cliff Mason.
Role: Chair, Artists and Art Sale
Family: Marsha has three children Ansley, Eliza and Patrick; and two grandsons Mason, 3, and Hardy, 1.
What do her magazine readers need to know about Let There Be Art! ?
Let There Be Art is the major fundraiser for the Columbus Museum, representing vetted artists from the east coast, throughout the south and from Europe. Only original art is accepted, no prints or reproductions, and no artwork that has hung before in Columbus will be featured. There is something for people from all walks of life, from the highest level of collectors to those who are just beginning their collections and prices ranging from a few hundred to over thirty thousand dollars. You will find realism, impressionism, abstract paintings, porcelain, pottery and a small amount of photographs. There really is something for everyone. We also have a section for those who may be seeking to commission a portrait artist.
What sort of artwork can women look forward to purchasing at the week-long show and sale?
How much money do you hope the week-long event will raise? How will that money be used?
The proceeds from Let There Be Art of course goes straight back to the Museum and are used for educational programs, exhibitions, and allow the Museum to keep the doors open and admission free. Last year the inaugural event raised $140,000, the most ever for a Columbus Museum fundraiser, thanks to the incredible support of the community and our sponsors and the hard work of our committee volunteers and our development team.
What do those new to town need to know about the Columbus Museum?
As an American art and regional history museum, and the second largest general museum in Georgia, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection to the public. The Museum houses over 14,000 artifacts and objects that tell the story of the Chattahoochee River Valley’s development, an American fine art collection from a host of renowned American artists, a hands-on gallery for children, and the finest traveling exhibitions from across the U.S.
What are your favorite aspects of the museum?
I love bringing all my friends to the Museum, my friends’ friends, and my children and grandchildren because there is always a program and exhibition going on that meets their broad interests.
Family: Married to Ed James. One daughter: Neal (10 weeks)
Role: Decorations, Art After Dark with co-chair Dori Jones
Family: Married to Rand Jones. Two children: Lucy (5) and Rand (2)
Role: Decorations, Art After Dark with co-chair Chenault James
Family: Married to Mulford Waldrop. Two children: Ford (4) and Blakely (6 months)
Role: Food and Bar, Art After Dark and Dine & Design with co-chair Lane Riley
Family: Married to Joe Arnold. Six children: Joseph (21), Brooks (18), Rie (17), Avery (16), Jack (16) and Ella (6)
Role: Dine & Design with co-chair Betsy Illges.
A thank-you from Eliza Brewer: “I would like to extend a special thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and our incredibly hard-working volunteers who have helped make Let There Be Art! possible and for making it such a fun event to work on. Marsha Mason, Artists and Art Sale, Mason Lampton, Sponsorships; Jennifer Walker, Public Relations; Chris Henson, Artists; Chenault James, Decorations; Dori Jones, Decorations; Marie Arnold, Dine & Design Luncheon; Betsy Illges, Dine & Design Luncheon; Lane Riley, Food & Bar; Whitni Waldrop, Food & Bar; Ansley Forsberg, Sunday Gospel Lunch; Ginny Lawrence, Volunteers; Lucia Swift, Volunteers; Donna Atkins, Budget; Julianne David, Invitations/Registration