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Fundraiser brings community spirit
Published 7/15/2013 6:14:00 PM
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Art, food, music and community: WSU's Museum of Art plans to provide it all.

The third annual fundraising event for the museum will be at 7 p.m. July 13 in Pullman’s Living in the Garden.

Scott Thompson, co-owner of Living in the Garden, said this fundraiser is a good community event.

"It's very relaxed and casual," he said. “It’s a lot of fun for us.”

Thompson approached the Museum of Art and suggested hosting a fundraising event for them. He said he and his wife, Suzanne St. Pierre, both like art and the people who are involved with the museum.

"There are a lot of display gardens, shade gardens, sun gardens,” he said. “It intrigues the senses much more than an interior event space. It fits very nicely into the art part of the gardens.”

Chris Bruce, director of the Museum of Art, said their venue is a magical area in the middle of wheat fields.

"Scotty and Suzanne . . . they came to us and wanted to do something for the museum and help us with our audience development or whatever they could do,"he said."They offered to let us use the Living in the Garden space."

This fundraiser acts as an opportunity to celebrate the museum while including community members outside of the university, Bruce said.

There will be a silent auction in a greenhouse turned art exhibit, featuring donated artwork from local artists. There will be items such as paintings, sculptures and jewelry, Bruce said.

"It's a really nice point of entry for a range of people . . . but they can contribute from who they are and from what they do,"he said."It's sort of a combination of fundraiser, friendraiser and funraiser."

Bruce said the evening's entertainment will be provided by the band Pork Pie Hat. David Hoyt, art director and senior graphic designer at the WSU Foundation, said the group plays jazz standards from the past 70 years. There are two guitar players, a bass player, a drummer and a flutist.

“What makes us unique is that we have Scotty Thompson who plays the flute,” he said. “That’s a big factor in most of our arrangements.”

Hoyt said the band has been working on new tunes, including summery music to match the event.

“It seemed like a really good match to them and to us, so we were very willing to step in and (play),” he said.

Going to this event allows for the band to play outdoors, Hoyt said, as well as the chance to visit with people who support the arts.

“We support the Museum of Art and believe in its programs and the mission it brings to the university and the community,” he said. “It’s a vital element to the university’s culture.”

Living in the Garden is located at 601 Reid Rd., Pullman. To register for this fundraiser, call 509-335-1910.

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