ART BEAT: 'Arts at Twilight' celebrates the creative spirit in Duluth


Special Photo The Duluth Fine Arts League will produce "Arts at Twilight" on Saturday. Pictured from last year's event left to right, Dianne Loring, Peggy Smith and Nancy Hosterman.

The fourth annual Arts at Twilight fundraiser is held on Saturday at Hardeman's Stained Glass located at 311 Main St. in Duluth.

Titled "An Evening in Paris," this event will offer partygoers food, fun and a silent auction in an effort to raise money for the arts in Duluth and for high school scholarships for students planning to major in the fine arts.

The festivities start at 7 p.m. Proof of the Pudding is providing hors d'oeuvres, while the Parisian theme will be enhanced by a musician playing the accordion. Other music will include a quartet, a pianist and a vocalist. Tickets are only $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased at the site of the event, Hardeman's Stained Glass or ordered online at www.artsduluth.org.

In addition to the music, champagne will be flowing from a fountain and wine will also be available. The silent auction will include many items from area merchants. One particularly spectacular item will be a rare piece of jewelry worth $3,000 donated by Gem Shopping Network.

All of the festivities will be held with an "indoor-outdoor" ambience. Hardeman's Stained Glass is in historic downtown Duluth, and has a courtyard in the rear of the building. Hardeman's owner Ken Hardeman and Mary Buck are co-chairs of the event.

"'An Evening in Paris' brings people together for one purpose," Buck said. "It is a fun event where people can enjoy an evening at a very reasonable price. It is important for the future of our community because it provides scholarships for high school students who can go on to fulfill their dreams of being an artist, musician, graphic designer or some other field within the arts."

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris is also very enthusiastic about the event.

"This year the GEM Shopping Network has donated a very expensive strand of Tahitian Pearls for the silent auction," she said. "We have more sponsors than ever. It is very exciting to see the community value the contribution of the Duluth Fine Arts League to our high school students and local citizens."

Sponsors for "An Evening in Paris" include Proof of the Pudding, The GEM Shopping Network, city of Duluth, Huthmaker's Violins, Focal Point Kitchen and Bath, Eaton Academy, NEMA, FHTM, Finest Event Rentals, Chocolate Perks, and Hardeman's Stained Glass.

"Because of such great interest from our sponsors, we are providing more entertainment and a greater selection of wines this year," Harris said. "Ken and Mary have been great leaders for this year's event, bringing new ideas to make this year's theme, 'An Evening in Paris,' quite authentic."

Since 2010, the Duluth Fine Arts League, a nonprofit organization, has raised $8,000 for scholarships for Duluth high school students hoping to major in the arts in college. The funds also support other DFAL activities which include Art Walks, Duluth Reads and the Holiday Historic Tour of Homes. The DFAL was founded in 2008 as a Task Force Committee by Harris.

For tickets or for more information about this event, call 770-476-7328 or visit www.artsduluth.org.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.