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FOR RELEASE: SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 1966 NEW COLLEGE FINE ARTS INSTITUTE Beaux Arts Ball Committee Mordecai Berko;dtz 924-9992 or Heaver 388-2221 A Beaux Arts Ball springs to life in Sarasota Saturday evening, April 9th, in the John Ringling Towers with all of the imagination, verve, color, and social circumstance that made these occasions memorable in the past. That is the promise of a committee of New College Fine Arts Institute faculty, students, and friends l..:rho are ..:rorking on the event. Big ne\v feature of the Beaux Arts Ball this year will be selection of works of art by nationally and internationally famous painters, donated in the interests of the Fine Arts Institute. Every ticket holder will receive one of these works. Each ticket .admits two person. s an-1 drawing$ a-HL4:ed eeit: lithograph, or an-e.t.chiag h-em those soon to be on exhibit in the Institute Gallery. t1ordecai Berkowitz, chairman of the Beaux Arts Ball Committee, said the idea for the ball came about because so many people had been asking Syd Solomon, coordinator of the two-year old Institute, when another one would be held. ''All of these people told Syd, one of the originators of the historic Beaux Arts Balls in Sarasota, that they remembered them as high points of art and society during the 'vinter season, said Berkm 1itz. "This 1966 version will be in the style of the first," he said. "Even its location, the John Ringling Towers, also the home of the Fine Arts Institute, "1-ras the scene of one of the original affairs," -more-
/ BEAUX ARTS BALL COMMITTEE Page 2 Signatures of the artists Hill be masked from their works during the selection. If connoiseurship is the goals offered ranging in value from $30 to $500 add much excitement involving the selection by each ticket holder. If choosing something desirable for the home is the determining fac-tor, the ticket holder may find that his or her choice is also a valuable treasure. The 11moment of truth11 occurs at the height of the ball when the names of the artists be revealed along \vith the unmasking of the revelers. Not until then they knmv \vhich artists' Harks they chose. Because of this ne'" format, tickets be limited by the number of l.;rorks to be exhibited in the Fine Arts Institute Gallery on the first floor of John Ringling Totvers. Another high point of the evening Hill be the judging of costumes and masks. Ticket holders will be given two blank masks to be decorated beforehand with all the imagination or style they wish to lavish upon them. Proceeds from the ball are to be used to provide additional scholarships for students and to assist in bringing more great painters to the Institute as faculty. Afro, James Brooks, Balcomb Greene, Philip Guston, Conrad Larry Rivers, and Syd Solomon are faculty members of the Institute during the first two years, and the works of six of them are nm.;r heine exhibited at the Ringling Huseum of Art. Each of the faculty also is contributing a work to be awarded to a ticket holder at the ball. -more-
BEAUX ARTS BALL Page 3 Reservations are nov1 being accepted at the Fine Arts Institute Gallery Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., at the Allied Arts Council ticket office in the Civic Center, or through any student of the Institute. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 955-3997. Serving on the main committee \vith BerkoHitz are Institute students Wanda Weaver, Donna Hall, Glenna Finch, Gail Mead, Beth Arthur, Lucille Lemley, together "t.:rith Hrs. Syd Solomon, Hiss Sally Lucke, and Herbert C. Stoddard.