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'Hooray for Hollywood' theme has Duluth Fine Arts League fundraiser shootings for stars

The sixth annual “Arts at Twilight” event will offer party-goers a new location in which to play as the Duluth Fine Arts League holds its annual fundraiser for the arts June 21. A fun-filled theme and a unique silent auction will also be available.

This elegant affair will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Duluth Festival Center, located on the historic Town Green Park in Duluth. In the past, the party’s locations have included the old Parsons Warehouse and Ken Hardeman’s Fine Art Glass Studio on Main Street in Duluth.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The goal of this annual event is to raise funds for fine arts scholarships granted to area high school students planning a college fine arts or post-secondary program. Over the past 6 years, DFAL has awarded $22,000 in scholarships to such individuals.

Dressing up for this affair will be part of the fun. It’s called “Hooray for Hollywood” for a reason. Guests are invited to come as their favorite movie stars or just to doll up like one. The night will be filled with stars of all kinds, including famous look-alike celebrities.

“‘Hooray for Hollywood’ is going to be a fun evening for our guests with a great dance floor and a unique silent auction,” DFAL President Kay Montgomery said. “It is an event that showcases local artists, ranging from performing arts to visual arts.”

The reasonable price includes food, drinks, entertainment and a unique silent auction. The event is once again being catered by Proof of the Pudding under the management of Larry Larsen.

“Proof of the Pudding has been a long-time supporter of DFAL and has helped the organization grow this event into a successful fundraiser with an important purpose,” Montgomery said.

Organizers for this year’s silent auction are taking a new approach. The artistic members of DFAL have been working for months on repurposing old chairs. Each chair has been creatively refurbished and will be available for purchase at the silent auction.

Each chair will also have its own history attached for the buyers to read. For example, one chair was made from an old lake dock and is now a refurbished, patriotic Adirondack chair. Other silent auction items include original art from Cher Thompson Austin, Pam Smith and David Gentry, plus items from the Kathy Andrews Fincher collection, Gwinnett Braves tickets, jewelry from the Gems Shopping Network, pottery and other items.

DFAL, founded in 2008, has grown so much that they are presently seeking a new space for their monthly meetings.

“This is a wonderful situation to be facing because it shows how the arts can bring people together to foster community spirit and growth. ‘The arts’ is one of the best economic tools Duluth is using,” said Nancy Harris, mayor of Duluth.

For tickets to the event, call 770-476-7328 or 770-476-3434. Visit www.duluthfineartsleague.org for more information.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.