St. Mary's Art and Retreat Center | TURN UP THE HEAT!!!!! ART AUCTION AND WINE TASTING TO BE HELD AT THE GOLD HILL HOTEL, OCTOBER 6TH
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TURN UP THE HEAT!!!!! ART AUCTION AND WINE TASTING TO BE HELD AT THE GOLD HILL HOTEL, OCTOBER 6TH

TURN UP THE HEAT!!!!! ART AUCTION AND WINE TASTING TO BE HELD AT THE GOLD HILL HOTEL, OCTOBER 6TH

Posted by stmarys_admin_account in Art, Fundraiser, News, Research and Restoration, Special Event

St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center in Virginia City seeks EMERGENCY support for failing heating system!

On October 6, 2013, Virginia City’s St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, the Gold Hill Hotel, and the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture will be co-hosting an event called “Turn up the Heat – Saving the Boiler at the Arts Center.” The event, held at the Gold Hill Hotel, will include a wine tasting and art auction. All proceeds will assist with the restoration of the 1875 historic building that houses the Center.
The ticket price for the event, which will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be a $35 donation to the Arts Center – $30 for early reservations. The Gold Hill Hotel is providing a selection of distinguished wines and hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction featuring the work of local artists will also raise funds for the structure.
All proceeds will be used to repair a failing heating system. “The boiler for our historic building is at the point of total failure, and if we can’t raise $36,000 to address this crisis, our facility may need to close,”
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photograph by Frances Melhop

To assist with the raising of funds, the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is seeking additional donations for the Center by offering a challenge grant of $5,000, while asking for match from the people of Nevada and the West. “The Comstock Foundation is committed to helping this vital part of the National Historic Landmark District meet its goal,” said Ron James, executive director of the Foundation. “If donors from the region give at least $5,000 for the replacement of the boiler system before October 6, the Foundation will match that amount with an additional $5,000. Nevadans cannot risk losing this resource.”
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26th September 2013

Contact: Frances Melhop, creative director, St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, 775-847-7774
or Ron James, executive director, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, 775-443-7803

St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center in Virginia City seeks support for failing heating system
Gold Hill, NV: Frances Melhop, Creative Director and Curator of Virginia City’s St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, announced today that her organization has received partial match for a challenge grant from the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture. “The Foundation offered us $5,000 towards the replacement of our heating system if people from throughout the region would match the grant. So far, we have received pledges of $1,200, but we desperately need the remaining $3,800 before the October 6, 2013 deadline.”
St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center has a failing boiler that will cost $36,000 to replace. A fundraising event on October 6 called “Turn up the Heat – Saving the Boiler at the Arts Center” will help address the crisis. The event, held at the Gold Hill Hotel, will include a wine tasting and art auction. All proceeds will be used to replace the heating system at the Center. “Without the match of the $5,000 grant from the Comstock Foundation, we may not be able to reach our goal,” said Melhop. “We are all counting on supporters of the arts to help us save this important institution.”
The St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center is a non-profit organization located in Virginia City’s former St. Mary Louise Hospital. It has served as an art institute since the 1960s. The hospital opened in 1877, but was closed twenty years later, and management of the property shifted from the Catholic Church to Storey County. The building is part of the Virginia City National Historic Landmark District.
The ticket price for the October 6 event, which will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., is a $35 donation to the Arts Center – $30 for early reservations. The Gold Hill Hotel is providing a selection of distinguished wines and hors d’oeuvres. A live auction featuring the work of local artists will also raise funds for the structure.
“We hope that we can raise the match so we don’t lose the offer of funding from the Comstock Foundation,” said Melhop. “Our building really needs help from the community.”
For tickets and reservations call the Gold Hill Hotel at 775-847-0111 ($30 for reservations before September 30; $35 after September 30 or at the door). For additional information, contact Frances Melhop, St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, 775 771 8528 or Ron James, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, 775-443-7803.

Below are a sample of our donated art works up for auction…

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Painting by Karen Kreyeski
Piper's-Opera-House-1997
photograph by Nolan Preece
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limited edition print by Martin Leigh Hoganson
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painting by Sandy Imperatori
snow-white-rose- copy 2
limited edition photograph by Frances Melhop
IMG_1288-lisa-Jayne
painting by Lisa Jayne
carol-johnson
painting by Carol Johnson

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detail from a fabulous triptych by Dale Laitenan and his students

26 Sep 2013