Fine Art Gallery makes donation to Opera Ball
FEBRUARY 25, 2004
list of Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes for Opera Ball
2004 Carnivale in Venice continues to grow.
The Wind Fine Art Gallery in Centerville recently donated
a stunning serigraph created by Russian artist Anatole
Krasnyansky and valued at $2350.
This and other items will be offered at Opera Ball 2004
on Saturday, March 6, from the Wintergarden of the Benjamin
and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.
The Krasnyansky serigraph, titled "Forest Music,"
is described as whimsical, fun and exactly in tune with
this year's ball. The artwork uses vibrant color to
highlight a collage of fanciful musicians, with the
interlocked figures of harlequins suggesting motion
and gaiety, and drawing the view to join in the fun.
Krasnyansky was a prominent architect and water-colorist
in the U.S.S.R. before immigrating to the United States
iln 1975. Here he worked with a variety of materials
to explore new approaches to express his aesthetic inclinations.
Traditionally, he is known for cityscapes and is much
admired throughout the world for his unique expression
of a style that is timeless.
With so many fine pieces to choose from, it was a difficult
decision for Nancy Farkas, Chair of the ball's Silent
Auction Committee, and Kee Hee Lee, President and CEO
of wind Fine Art Gallery, to select the art that would
be donated to the ball.
According to Lee, "Our gallery houses the larges
collection of fine art in the Midwest and represents
internationally renowned artists such as Schluss, Fauchere,
Yunessi, Hessam, Sabzi, and Simon Bull." Their
choice seems to best reflect this year's Venetian carivale
theme and has the widest appeal to a variety of artistic
Fine art and design will be offered in other selections
from the Silent Auction as well. The Rutledge Gallery
has donated a unique eagle sculpture valued at $300.
Dayton Opera is donating a poster from each opera performed
so far this season and signed by the respective casts
of La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, and Rigoletto.
University of Notre Dame fans and other sports aficionados
will want to consider the serigraph donated by Bob and
Beverly Jones depicting a montage of the university
campus in the fall by Pulitzer Prize nominee Wayland
Moore. It is valued at $325. Jaffee and Gross Jewelers
has presented Farkas with an elegant crystal evening
bag by renowned designer Kathrine Baumann and valued
And to add one more unique piece to this outstanding
collection, Key Bank has donated a poster from Dayton's
famous Inventing Flight celebration last year. The poster
depicting the Wright Brothers and the first flight is
signed by former astronaut and United States Senator,
John Glenn, and only 95 of this poster carry his personal
signature, which makes it a very special item indeed.
The poster was framed, compliments of Rutlegde Gallery.
In addition, the evening's raffle will include a signed
seriolithograph titled "Grand Orchestre" by
Linda Le Kinff and donated by Park West Gallery.
Other raffle items include a Charles Krypell 18k yellow
gold, diamond, and emerald heart locket pendant, contributed
by James Free Jewelers; a special Chef's Table Dinner
with wind for six to be served in the model condominium
at Performance Place with the sparkling Dayton skyline
at night, compliments of Citilights and Performance
Place; and two subscriptions to Dayton Opera's stellar
These spectacular items provide a feast for the eyes
and will add to the festive carnivale atmosphere.
Pleasing other senses will be dancing to the music of
Beauty and the Beates, as well as dining on the gourmet
cuisine of Northern Italy.
The Opera Guild of Dayton invites you to this wonderful
evening in Venice, or "Una bella serata a Venezia!"
Tickets range from $150 to $250 per person. Corporate
table sponsorships are also still available from $2000
to $5000 for tables of eight. Please note that admission
to the ball does not include tickets to Rigoletto, and
there is no performance on the night of the ball.
For more information or to order tickets, call the Opera
640-0321. Information is also available at www.daytonopera.com.
Fine Art Gallery President and CEO Kee Hee Lee (on right)
presents a gift for Opera Ball 2004 to silent auction
chairperson Nancy Farkas.
Hee Lee, owner of Centerville Arts Center, stands among
the artwork in one of many galleries in her new building
7300 Far Hills Ave., which opened June 1.