Wind Fine Art Gallery makes donation to Opera Ball

CENTERVILE-BELLBROOK TIMES
FEBRUARY 25, 2004

The 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 tastes.
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 at $2000.
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 2004-2005 season.
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 Guild at
(937) 640-0321. Information is also available at www.daytonopera.com.
Wind Fine Art Gallery President and CEO Kee Hee Lee (on right) presents a gift for Opera Ball 2004 to silent auction chairperson Nancy Farkas. Kee 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.