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Arts Night Exhibit Opens...Benefit to Follow

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Opening March 20 in the Everist Gallery of the Visual Arts Center (VAC) of the Washington Pavilion is the Arts Night Exhibition featuring the donated works of artists participating in the annual fundraising event, dinner and auction. Arts Night is one of Sioux Falls’ premiere arts events. This year’s event has sold out three months in advance. Scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2007, the event will include additional tables to accommodate at least 40 more attendees. A waiting list has been started. The Arts Night Exhibition will feature a Meet the Artists and Art Sale Reception, on Friday, April 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and will provide the public a chance to interact with the artists and purchase additional works for sale by the exhibited artists. New for 2007, a concierge service will be added in lieu of the formal silent auction of past years. The annual Arts Night auction and dinner is the second-largest annual fund-raising event for the VAC. Proceeds are used entirely to support the VAC and allow the galleries to be free and open to the public. The evening begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a three-course gourmet dinner designed by Leonardo’s Cafe and entertainment at 7 p.m. with the live art auction at 8 p.m. The evening’s activities take place on the Great Hall Stage and the featured artworks provide the backdrop. This year’s theme is “We evolve into the images we carry in our minds.” Tickets for the event are $100 per person. “Building on a tradition that has shaped the arts in Sioux Falls and its region, Arts Night 2007 will continue the success of being the premier art auction and social event,” adds David Merhib, Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion. Those interested in adding names to the waiting list may contact Erin Walker of the Washington Pavilion at (605) 731-2348. When available, tickets will continue to be sold for $100 tax included, per person. Arts Night Exhibit, March 20 – April 29, 2007, Everist Gallery Meet the Artists and Art Sale Reception - April 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Arts Night 2007 - May 4, social 5:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., auction 8 p.m.