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  • Biggs Museum's ninth gala kicks off Saturday

  • One of the hotspots in town this weekend will be the Biggs Museum of American Art, as a couple hundred people will pack the museum, dancing to live music and bidding on silent auction items, all while enjoying gourmet fare and craft beer pairings.
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  • One of the hotspots in town this weekend will be the Biggs Museum of American Art, as a couple hundred people will pack the museum, dancing to live music and bidding on silent auction items, all while enjoying gourmet fare and craft beer pairings.
    What’s the big occasion this weekend? Saturday is the ninth annual Biggs Museum Gala. Dubbed “An Affair with the Arts,” the gala, which is The Biggs’ largest annual fundraising event, aims to bring in substantial revenue that directly supports temporary exhibitions and educational programming for The Biggs’ upcoming year.
    Approximately 350 guests are expected to attend the gala, where they’ll be treated to the sweet sounds of Mike Hines and The Look.
    Mike Hines and The Look is a local favorite and the band will perform at the Gala for the first time. The showmanship and talent of the dynamic party outfit guarantees the right blend of music to have all guests tapping their feet on the dance floor.
    In addition, the first installation of the Hanging at the Biggs tile project will be on display for the public to view for the first time. Hanging at the Biggs is similar to a commemorative brick project. The first installation of Hanging at the Biggs will feature 140 acrylic tiles purchased by the public, which will be located in the Biggs’ new sculpture atrium at the entrance of the Museum. These tiles feature a collage of images including everything from children’s artwork and photographs to quotations and more.
    “When I saw the final proof I was in awe,” said Stephanie Adams, marketing and development manager for the Biggs Museum. “It was amazing to see what people came up with for their individual tiles.”
    To highlight the R3 Factory Recycling exhibition and competition opening at the Biggs on May 17, the gala will feature centerpieces made entirely of recycled materials. The R3 Factory Recycling exhibition and competition, slated to run until July 20, will allow visitors to participate in hands-on activities using recycled materials. Guests will also vote on inspiring, recycling-themed art installations provided by four local artists: Jennifer Boland, Lori Crawford, Heidi Lowe and Mary Pauer.
    The winning installation will be featured on the Biggs Museum’s website, Facebook page and in the next issue of the Museum’s Museletter.
    “This is something we’re doing with DNREC to promote recycling and the reuse of materials,” Adams said of the R3 Factory initiative.
    Adams anticipates the gala will raise approximately $25,000 to $30,000 this weekend.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Ninth annual Biggs Museum Gala: An Affair with the Arts
    Page 2 of 2 - WHEN 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday
    WHERE Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover
    COST $150 per person; $1,500 for table of 10
    INFO Visit biggsmuseum.org or call 674-2111
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