Mashall Fredericks Museum to raise money with annual exhibit


The Marshall Fredericks Museum’s annual “Saints, Sinners, & Song” event will take place Sept. 19 to Oct. 7. The event, which the museum has hosted for the last 12 years, will raise money for the museum’s temporary exhibits and education programs.

The event is named after Marshall Frederick’s famous “Saints and Sinners” sculptures. They can be found in the Dow Gardens in Midland and Oakland University in Rochester.

Mary Wheaton, the museum director, believes that this gala is essential to providing SVSU students and staff with fantastic art and art education.

“SVSU has the potential to benefit from every temporary exhibition we bring to the Museum – 3 or 4 annually – and our educational programs include museum tours and lectures, which SVSU students are invited to,” Wheaton said.

Such services help students learn more about the arts without paying the hefty costs of taking classes or attending expensive events and museums on their own. Without this fundraiser, many of those events would not be possible.

To ensure funding for such programs, the museum’s annual fundraising goal is $70,000. This goal is to be met by a myriad of measures, such as tickets and auctions. Tickets cost $100 each, but they also include food and musical entertainment. The gala will have two auctions, which is expected to bring in a large portion of the night’s profits.

The event kicks off with two exhibitions: “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park and “Stillness at Dawn” by Bill Jackson.

The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Items up for auction are all donated by local artists.

“We invite professional, practicing artists from the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond to donate a work of art,” Wheaton said. “Fifty-one artists, including Shaun Bangert, Terry Basmadjian, Sara Clark, Phillip Hanson, Hideki Kihata and Matthew Zivich from the SVSU Art Department have donated artwork.”

Next, guests will be treated to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin-inspired cuisine and drinks. Dinner will last for two hours as the musical titled “The Great American Songbook” is performed live.

A second wave of the auction, this time a live auction, will begin at 8 p.m. The rest of the 46 pieces, which include paintings, photographs, jewelry, quilts and more, will be auctioned off.
To close the event, ticket-holders are invited to stay for a speakeasy afterglow, where more food and drinks will be provided.

Despite the stress of arranging the event, Wheaton looks forward to seeing the work of herself and all those involved finally pay off.

“There is no part of the evening I don’t enjoy, and I believe that’s true for most guests who attend,” Wheaton said. “It’s a great evening where people can enjoy each other, eat delicious food and listen to fine music.”

For more information about the event, visit the Marshall Fredericks Museum website.