The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s November 7th kick off event of the “Illuminating An Era of Art Dinner with Berne Davis” concluded with a standing ovation for the quartet of highly talented dancers and musicians.
“An Evening of Tango”, the first of four Art Dinners, brought food, creative visual artists, dancers and musicians together, creating a wonderful candle lit evening in a regal setting in the historic stately columned building.
The evening opened with a silent auction in the Art Center, featuring works by well collected artists. Will George’s work is well known, and can be seen on line and at his Boca Raton Gallery.
Berne Davis and her then husband-to-be Sidney were at the 1933 opening! May you live to be as “sharp as a tack” and in as good health as this elegant lady! The unairconditioned building later hosted criminals and lawyers while a courthouse, before being abandoned from 1998 until 2003. Restoration is an ongoing process under the eye of CEO Jim Griffith, a Julliard-trained violist with the Naples Philharmonic. A dynamic renaissance awaits the Center’s 2nd floor, 3rd floor and roof top’s turn. The Center will be a gem; a sophisticated visual and performing arts magnet when complete.
The tango collaboration melded the talents of two superb dancers with two electrifying musicians.
It always amazes me to see the power and grace of top ballet dancers in rehearsal, then to see the performance in which their practiced, precise partnering makes all look effortlessly fluid and often gravity defying. Pairing their bodies- their lithe instruments- with the musicians’ instruments, with the beat, never missing a beat, left the audience focused laser-like on their performance. The smaller stage was an artistic challenge that was ably met.
A ticket to each of the remaining Art Dinners is $175, and to this evening’s audience, was well worth it. What’s to follow?
Wednesday, December 1, will take you to Italy for “An Evening of Opera,” with rising stars from the Juilliard School and wonderful Italian cuisine by Chef and owner Carlo Rao of Mastello’s Restaurant and Touch of Italy.
Saturday, May 7, 2011, will be a Kentucky Derby Celebration, with music by an authentic New Orleans Jazz Band and Cajun cuisine by Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Each dinner will begin with a Champagne Reception at 6:00 pm and end with the Silent Auction Finale. (Note: May 7 dinner begins at 5:30 pm.) Tickets are $175 per person, or guests may choose from four levels of sponsorship which include dinner tickets. Terat yourself to a magical evening! Call 333-1933 for reservations at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
Yes, it was a stunning evening. One of the best evenings I had ever spent in Downtown Fort Myers.
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