The Edmond Sun

March 23, 2012

Spring Sampler evening of art

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — A dramatic and colorful kaleidoscope of glass art, Dakota Macchia, by Dale Chihuly, numerous original paintings, commemorative die cast models of racing cars, a hot air balloon ride, Thunder tickets, a week’s stay at Hilton Head Island condo, original jewelry, special dinners, a guitar signed by Toby Keith, and fresh flowers each month for a year are just some of the items on the 2012 Spring Sampler live auction.

Barry Switzer has donated an University of Oklahoma football signed by the OU living Heisman Trophy winners. This annual fundraising event for the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond will be at Oak Tree Country Club on April 14 from 7–10:30 p.m. The premier arts event in Edmond, it is always sold out.

“Oak Tree is a beautiful venue for our auction and gives us appropriate space, a beautifully appointed environment, valet parking and an exciting atmosphere for the party,” says Janet Hoppe, 2012 event co-chair along with Linda Hawkins. “We’ll have more seating and easier bidding.”

The evening includes a buffet of food and wine tasting, friends, and the added attraction of live and silent auctions.

Board members, committee members, faculty and staff are busy preparing for this important fundraising evening. Tickets are $150 per couple and on sale now at the Fine Arts Institute at 27 E. Edwards (across the street north from the Edmond downtown post office).

Major sponsors of the event are: AT&T, Kirkpatrick Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, Citizens Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sias, Edmond Life & Leisure, Integris Health Edmond, MidFirst Bank, Cox Communications, Hal & Wendy French Foundation, Dixon Properties, RCB Bank, Edmond Electric, and Analytical Research Laboratories/DNA Solutions. Co-sponsors are Coppermark Bank, Oklahoma Fidelity, TouchMark at Coffee Creek and Prime Bank.

The featured work on the live auction will be Dakota Macchia by international glass artist Dale Chihuly. With yellow lip wrap, this 2008 Macchia is renowed for its innovative use of color and extravagant design. Macchia, from the Italian word for “spotted,” have brilliant and wildly contrasting color palettes, inside and out, that are separated by a layer of white glass “clouds” to maintain the vibrancy of the colors.

“Excitement is high for this annual fundraising event. We are pleased with the quality of auction items which include some truly beautiful art,” Hoppe said. “Tickets are on a first come first served basis and go quickly.” Profits from the event go toward operational expenses for the Fine Arts Institute.

Artists donating original works are: Lisa Homan Conger, Connie Dixon, Dana Powell, Jennifer Hustis, Gary Lennon, Harolyn Long, Mary Lou Moad,  Shannon Davies, Marilyn Mason, Andy Boatman, Randy Taylor, Pat Harris, Paula Howell, Gayle Patterson, Arni Anderson and others.

Additional auction items include a propane grill, patio furniture, golf and sports packages, dinners, household and decorative items, women’s and men’s accessories, tickets to local arts events, and children’s packages. Special birthday parties are available for bid as well as gift baskets and gift certificates. Photography, fitness, and advertising packages are also included.

Committee members include Janet Hoppe, Linda Hawkins and Shannon Price (co-chairs), Jamie Underwood, Kim Wallace, Susan Kropp, Katie Collins, Tom Davies, Louise Cleary, Tim Deimund, Ashley Perkins, Stephanie Carel, Lydia Miller and Mitzi Hancuff.

Each year food establishments and restaurants donate delicious samplings for the light buffet. They include: Café 501, Earl’s Rib Palace, Running Wild Catering, Joullian Wines, Lottinvilles, Oak Tree Country Club, Platt’s Culinary Institute, The Meat House, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Millie’s Table, Vin Dolce, Touchmark at Coffee Creek, Beer Distributors of Oklahoma,  Let’s Do Greek, Delancy Street Seafood, Interurban and Louie’s Grill.  

The Fine Arts Institute is Edmond’s nonprofit arts organization offering educational enrichment for adults and children in the visual and performing arts. Classes are taught year-round for all ages and all stages at 27 E. Edwards in Edmond. For more information on FAI classes, programming or the auction, visit or call 340-4481.