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Letter: Nurturing an arts-focused community

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:26 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is thrilled to report the success of Eat Your Art Out! – as event chair Alexia Monaco and co-chair Trish Tkach announce a $12,000 net profit, benefiting the commission.  

Monaco points out that seeing EYAO! come to fruition was an extraordinary experience; so many talented and generous hands made the event possible, and the commission deeply appreciates the support from artists, sponsors and guests and is already looking forward to next year.

Over 100 guests were welcomed by dancing ballerinas, a harpist, flutist and a custom-crafted popcorn pallet, while perusing a silent auction table during the cocktail hour. 

Guests also were able to view the featured artwork and chat with the artists.  Following an art-inspired, four-course feast – including three wine pairings – a lively auction of the featured art, and live painting, commenced.

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission extends heartfelt thanks to featured artists Len Bielefeldt (Bielefeldt Gallery), Larry Johnson (LK Johnson Studio), Don and Ellen Ljung (Donellen Designs), and Jan Schmuckal (Gallery 28); Herrington Inn Executive Chef Jason Tsoris and Sommelier Mark Czubak; “Art Leaders” ($1,000) Down to Earth Pottery, Fox Valley eValues and Deals, Gallery 28, David and Alexia Monaco, Linda Cunningham and State Street Dance Studio, and Dan and Trish Tkach; “Art Angels” ($900) US Bank private client group; “Art Patrons” ($500) Herrington Inn and Spa, Town and Country Gardens, Theresa Jaeger, L. Ochsner, Stith Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Duncan and Nancy Wall; “Art Sponsors” ($250) Galena Garlic Company, Geneva Bank and Trust, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Wine Cellars, Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, Kernel’s Gourmet Popcorn and More, Tom Lichtenheld, McDonald’s of Geneva, Bruce and Paula Menkveld, and Morrison Gallery; “Art Lovers” ($100) Art Box, Bob and Susan Darnall, Geneva History Center, Ray and Marikate Marchand, Maggiano’s, Needle Things, Penrose Brewing Company, Richard Lewis and State Farm Insurance, Steve and Cathy Thatcher, TimeLine Theatre Company, and Verve on Third; and event entertainers and hosts Mayor Kevin Burns (auctioneer), Alyssa and Aydan Hensley (harpist and flutist), Jan Schmuckal (live painter), State Street Dance Studio (dancers), Dennis and Silva Gramlich, and Ray and Marikate Marchand.

Event profits enable the commission to continue supporting vibrant cultural arts, nurturing an arts-focused community. Learn more at www.genevarts.org. 

Tim Vetang, Kent Gallagher, Mary Ann Diggory, Douglas Holzrichter, Carolyn Hill, Alexia Monaco, Victor Portincaso, Jan Schmuckal and Trish Tkach

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission

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