Montclair Art Museum will hold its annual spring fundraising events this week with the Art Party Luncheon and the Art Party Evening. These events help support the Museum’s exhibitions, the Vance Wall Art Education Center, and engaging diverse audiences from across the region. Beth Hart, Director of Development, says about the event, “This annual fundraiser serves as a big thank you to our supporters and funds our many community programs.”

Montclair Art Museum holds a renowned collection of American and Native American art from the last 300 years. It’s also home to The Vance Wall Art Education Center which is responsible for the Museum’s educational efforts including classes, lectures and talks, family events, tours, and the MAM Art Truck.

Margo Walter and Patti Elliott serve as the overall Event Co-Chairs.

“These events are a critical lifeline of support that enables MAM to present the ambitious scope of exhibitions and programs each year,” says Ms. Walter. “The Art Party will present a festive series of events all in the spirit of celebrating the impact of the Museum in our community and honoring this community space as a welcoming, accessible, and inspiring place for people of all ages,” adds Ms. Elliott

What: The Art Party Luncheon
When: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
Cost: Tickets start at $200.

The Art Party Luncheon event will also include a raffle. This year’s honoree is Partners for Health Foundation. Partners for Health Foundation’s vision to help make the 15 communities they serve in Essex and Passaic counties healthier, better places to live. The luncheon is co-chaired by Susann Connors and Janice Linaugh.

What: The Art Party Evening
When: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
Cost: Tickets start at $500.

The Art Party Evening includes a private viewing of New Directions in Fiber Art, the Museum’s current exhibition. There will also be a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction at 6:00 PM. At 7:30 PM, a dinner and live auction presented by Charles Antin will begin. From 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM, there will be dancing as well as a Scotch Tasting and Cigar Bar on the Lawn. Honorees for the evening include three esteemed members of the community:

  • Christopher Daggett, nonprofit leader and former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which supports creative, engaged and sustainable communities and has provided funding to the Museum.
  • Lyn Reiter, art patron, member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees since 2005, and co-establisher of the Lyn and Glenn Reiter Endowed Special Exhibition Fund which supports major shows at MAM.
  • Saya Woolfalk, contemporary artist whose first solo museum exhibition, The Empathics, was presented at MAM in 2012.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit the Montclair Art Museum website. Full honoree bios can be found here.