Thursday, February 14, 2002
Steamboat Springs On March 1, the amateur art lover and connoisseur alike can enjoy an evening of "Champagne, Chocolate, and Chagall" hosted by the Family Development Center. The auction to benefit the non-profit organization will feature framed fine art prints encompassing a variety of artistic styles, including southwestern, landscape, impressionism, wildlife, and abstract art.
Selections will be provided by State of the Art, a nationally known art purveyor. Attendees will be educated on the history of the artwork, qualities to look for in a painting, etc. The FDC receives a commission on the artwork sold.
"The Collector's Corner" of the auction may include works by Chagall, Dali, Rockwell, Scott, Wysocki, Gorman, Picasso, and others. Patrons can request specific artists or styles prior to Feb. 20 by phone. Fundraising Chair Jennifer Rose said for the most part specifically requested works can also be obtained. Approximately 300-350 pieces will be displayed, most of which will be valued between $50 and $350.
Although over the years local businesses have supported auctions by donating merchandise and services, the event will not tax these businesses while still raising money for a good cause.
Rose chose the auction, a new form of fundraising for the FDC, to supplement the funds raised by the center. "Skiing and skating aren't for everyone, but everyone likes some form of art. This is something in which everyone can participate," she said. "This is not only a good way to raise funds, but also a way to raise awareness of what the FDC is about."
The Family Development Center is the umbrella organization for the Discovery Learning Center, the Newborn Network, and the Child Care Network. The FDC's goal is to provide parents with support to be the best parents they can be.
"Primarily, we impact the community by serving over 400 families a year," said Executive Director Tami Havener.
Discovery Learning Center, the only accredited preschool in Steamboat, provides quality early childhood care and education in a supportive environment. Child Care Network supplies services and programs that make child care work for families and communities. Newborn Network supports parents during the first years of their child's life and encourages parent-to-parent networking.
Rose said she expects 150 200 attendees at the auction, and the center hopes to raise $10,000 to go toward general operating and programming.
The auction will be held at the Steinberg Pavilion at the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Center on Mar. 1. A preview period and refreshments will begin at 6:30 pm, and the live auction will begin at 7:30 pm. A small silent auction will also be offered. Admission is $10, and tickets can be purchased at the FDC or at the door. Cash, check, and major credit cards will be accepted. A time payment plan is also available for larger purchases. For more information or tickets, call 879-7330.