Athens, Ga. – The Collectors of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host their biennial fundraiser, Bella Notte, April 5 at 6 p.m.
The evening will begin with a silent auction to support acquisitions for the museum. This year, the fundraiser has an Italian theme in its food, décor and auction items.
The auction will include original art donated by Jim Fiscus, Mary Ruth Moore, Michael Lachowski and Chris Wyrick. There also will be a selection of handbags and shoes from Faye Chambers, including a navy Balenciaga tube bag. A case of Brunello di Montalcino wine from Marco Molesini will be part of the auction.
Local businesses donating to the auction include Hotel Indigo, Treehouse Kid and Craft, Community and the Branded Butcher. Maggie Williams of European Floral Design will help sponsor and create the decor the event.
In previous years, the fundraiser has allowed the museum to acquire such important works of art as its portrait of William Harris Crawford, which hangs prominently in the permanent collection galleries.
Tickets are $100 per person for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art and $125 for nonmembers and can be purchased through March 28 by calling 706-542-0830. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $500 (two tickets, $400 tax-deductible) and $1,000 (four tickets, $800 tax-deductible). To learn more about sponsoring the event or to donate items, call 706-542-0830.
Betty Myrtle, chair of the Collectors, is chairing the event. Her committee includes Claire Clements, Carol Dolson, Judith Ellis, Todd Emily, Dave Mulkey, Becky Reynolds and Gloria Ricks Taylor as well as Williams.
The Collectors is an enhanced membership level that includes exclusive invitations to events focusing on collecting art and special travel opportunities. The Collectors support the museum in raising funds to help with acquisitions. Information regarding membership can be found on the museum’s website at georgiamuseum.org/join or by calling 706-542-4662.
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Art Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.