Spring Gala supports education programs

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WALPOLE, N.H. — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) will hold its Spring Gala & Benefit Auction at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole.

All proceeds support BMAC's youth and education programs. Tickets are $75 (or $500 for a table of eight) and include appetizers, dinner, and dessert by Hardy Foard Catering, accompanied by a special selection of beer and wine chosen by wine expert David Howell. Jazzberry Jam will provide live music throughout the evening, and there will be silent and live auctions of donated artwork, jewelry, fine wine, and vacation getaways.

Tickets can be purchased online at brattleboromuseum.org or by calling 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

Education is central to BMAC's mission, and the annual Spring Gala plays a key role in supporting that mission financially. Throughout the year, the museum welcomes elementary school kids to the museum for school visits; sends artists out to Head Start classrooms to work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; and partners with the Brattleboro Food Co-Op on a program where families come to the museum to make art, and then go to the co-op to make food. In addition, BMAC hosts the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the State of Vermont, as well as an annual LEGO Contest, a Domino Toppling Extravaganza, the biennial GLASSTASTIC program, and much more.

"With all of these activities for kids, we're really aiming at one thing: to awaken and nurture in young people a passion and appreciation for creative expression," said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. "And when we manage to do that, we believe that we're actually making the world a better place. Because that child, who has discovered a new way to express herself or gained a new insight into the world around her goes forth into the world as a more informed, open-minded, confident, creative, and compassionate human being."

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The evening will begin with appetizers and a silent auction, followed by a buffet dinner, live auction, dessert and dancing. Jazzberry Jam will provide live music throughout the evening.

Band members describe their style as a mix of "swazz, second Latinline, Dixiefunk, and Klezblues." Jazzberry Jam features Walter Slowinski on clarinet, sax, and vocals; Bill Conley on guitar and vocals; Jay Cook on bass and vocals; and Jeremy Holch on percussion. Their repertoire includes jazz, pop, and R&B standards. Listeners describe Jazzberry Jam's music as infectious, fun, lively, and "very danceable."

The evening's wine selections will be curated by David Howell, a former BMAC trustee and retired geologist who for many years has consulted for wineries in northern California. Howell also serves as the event's host and auctioneer.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.


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