Orange Appeal January/February 2017

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An Evening with Fabulous Friends More


Vanessa Ketcham and Sam Azar, co-chairs of the annual gala to benefit The Mennello Museum of American Art, are very excited about a new element to the festivities.

he inaugural Mennello Museum Invitational is a group

The Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art hosts

exhibition at the museum that highlights new work by

this elegant gala to raise funds for the museum’s collections, exhi-

contemporary regional artists whose work enriches life in

bitions, programs and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello

Central Florida. These local artists who call Orlando

Fund. The 14th annual event will honor Orlando Mayor Buddy

home will be able to

introduce their work to a broader audience and encourage collecting art on a local level. The

Dyer. Sam Azar and Vanessa Ketcham

Vanessa, who has chaired and been involved with a number of community galas, initially got

exhibition in The Museum’s

involved because she was look-

Marilyn Gallery, February 14 –

ing for something new. “I like

March 3, features new works by

the passion that Michael [Men-

Victor Bokas, Shosh C, Mindy

nello] expresses and I wanted to

Colton, Nancy Jay, Richard

be part of that. To be that pas-

Munster, Jackie Otto Miller, Vic-

sionate about something makes

tor Quino, Maria Ramos, Paul T.

you want to be passionate about

Scarborough and Katty Smith.

other things in life. I always felt

“We love that we are giving

you can do more for your com-

local artists an opportunity to

munity, and the arts are still

share their passions and give

somewhat of an unknown trea-

them a platform to showcase

sure,” she says.

what they do,” Vanessa says.

Sam has only been involved

“We will have paintings, sculp-

for a few years but echoes those

tures — and really bring the

sentiments. “Over the past few

community together,” Sam adds.

years we have really brought

“I love what we do here. There is

culture to the event. We have

something for everybody.” They

taken it from a gala to an artistic

both feel this outreach effort, as

evening. But it’s also a lot of fun

well as special events and edu-

— we have a band, we have dif-

cational programs, makes The

ferent performers and we bring

Mennello much more than just

in art,” he says.

a museum.

An Evening with Fabulous

After the museum showing,

Friends Gala includes a recep-

the art will be on display at An

tion, auction, dinner and enter-

Evening with Fabulous Friends

tainment. For additional infor-

Gala, Saturday, March 4, at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at

mation and to purchase tables or tickets, contact Annelizabeth

Walt Disney World Resort. Each year, the ArtEvents Council of

Atie at 407-246-4860.


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