Festival of Fine Art & Fine Wine is coming April 8

Staff Report

The 18th annual art auction and wine tasting to benefit the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the New Union Center for the Arts, 30 South Main St., Oberlin.

The Festival of Fine Art & Fine Wine will highlight Lorain County wine expert and columnist Gary Twining, who will share his expertise as guests sample nine specially selected wines from around the world. Attendees will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sweets with global pizzazz.

This year’s auction will be in both a silent and live format. More than 100 artworks and art-related items at a wide range of price levels will be up for bid at the evening-long silent auction. Auctioneer Rex Engle will lead the live auction portion of the evening. Live auction items include a stone sculpture by Bruce Colbert, an original Paul Arnold color woodblock print, a stained glass panel from Sheree Ferrato of Verite glass, a handcrafted quilt by Polly Carroll, a tour of a private art nouveau glass and furniture collection, a Howard Miller anniversary edition oak clock, loge tickets to “The Sound of Music” at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, an origami party led by James Peake, a private wine tasting evening with Twining, a selection of exceptional California wines, an ornamental tree from Locke’s GoGreen Landscaping and Garden Center, and more.

Additional details on auction items can be found at www.favagallery.org.

All items will be on exhibit in the FAVA galleries on the day of the auction. Absentee bids will be accepted.

A raffle with jewelry and specialty items donated by Herrick Jewelry in Oberlin will be another highlight of the evening. Raffle tickets will be sold prior to and during the event. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

Ticket pricing levels include Enthusiast at $60 single/$110 duo, Aficionado at $85 single/$150 duo, and Connoisseur at $150 single/$280 duo. Patrons at the Aficionado and Connoisseur levels will be recognized in the evening’s program.

Contact FAVA at 440-774-7158 or favaartwine@gmail.com for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door if space permits.

All proceeds will benefit the exhibition and education programs of the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing public enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts since 1979.

Staff Report