Freeport Art Museum’s Fall Gala Makes Return To One of City’s Most Historic Spaces

Freeport, Illinois — The anticipated FAM Fall Gala makes a return to one of the city’s most historic spaces, the Wagner House, on Saturday, October 29th.

This annual event, which has been taking place for over 20 years, was first held at this space three years ago when private developer, Bill Green, had just purchased the former home of Wagner Printing. Back then, the building was still very “raw”, which provided a perfect backdrop for the museum’s Urban Canvas theme. Those who were in attendance can recall walking the red carpet to the freight elevator that delivered guests to the third floor where artists Corey Hagberg and Sarah Danielle Stewart had covered the walls with graffiti style art.

This year is very much like a homecoming, bringing the gala back to the now beautifully renovated third level event space, dubbed the Green Room. Special guests include representatives from Pretzel City Kitchens including students from the culinary program at Career Tec who will be creating locally sourced, gourmet appetizers and Chris Hatlak with Christina’s Bakery who will be preparing an assortment of exquisite desserts.

During the cocktail hour, guests will be able to bid on art prints by NCS youth involved in art camp at the museum this summer and can watch as Chicago-based artist Ali Hasmut creates an original work of art, compliments of DeLuna Gallery.

After dinner, a live art auction featuring unique works by regional artists will be MC’d by Terri Musser with Jitterbug Entertainment.

This event, which celebrates the arts in Freeport and the Freeport Art Museum as an important cultural resource is much more than just an elegant party. Funds generated by the gala help make possible the compelling exhibitions and educational outreach programs FAM delivers year-round—often free of charge.

Event Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Furst McNess Company
Platinum: Wagner House
Silver Sponsors: Hughes Resources and State Bank
Bronze Sponsors: The Honorable Barry Anderson, Christopher Fye and Associates, DeLuna Gallery, FHN, Freeport Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Helm Group, McPherson Law Office, Monroe Clinic, Nevica Project, Stout Insurance, and Winter Design Inc.
Wine Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Clark

Tickets for the gala must be purchased in advance and are $95 per ticket. Although almost sold out, if you would like to attend the event or sponsor the event please call the museum at 815-235-9755 or visit our website at Tickets may be purchased online. Everyone is welcome.

About the Freeport Art Museum
Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00- 5:00. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.

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