On May 1, 2009, 183 guests celebrated the exhibitions GlassWear and A Unity of Opposites: Recent Work by Michael Taylor at a black-tie fund-raiser sponsored by the MAG Board of Managers. The Glass Gala featured a champagne reception in the Fountain Court, dinner by Max at the Gallery, and dancing to the music of the Bobby DiBaudo Trio. In the exhibitions, William Zeitler performed on the glass armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin.
A live auction (led by director of advancement Joe Carney) and a silent auction netted $16,000, as guests bid on works by glass artists including Michael Taylor, Linda MacNeil, Concetta Mason and Michael Rogers; VIP packages from the Corning Museum of Glass and More Fire Glass Studio; Rochester International Jazz Festival tickets—and much more. Proceeds from the sale of artworks were shared with the artists.
In all, the Gala raised more than $29,000 for the Gallery’s operating budget.
From left: Guests gather in the sculpture garden. Event co-chair Mary Koegel, Dale Skivington, Judge Patricia Gallaher, and event co-chair Charlotte Herrera. On view in the Grand Gallery were works by Michael Taylor, who with his wife, Deborah Haber, was the honorary co-chair of the gala. Photos by Jeff Blackman.