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Summer Oasis Gala - An evening of fine art, music and food

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BANGOR — The University of Maine Museum of Art is bringing an evening of music and art to Bangor, Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. It is an occasion to celebrate art and more than 10 years of UMMA in downtown. The gala will be held in the sculpture garden of Norumbega Hall beneath a large tent. Guests can mix and mingle and participate in a number of activities, including a social media photo op, a new addition to the gala’s itinerary, on the stairwell landing.

Highlights for this year’s event range from craft projects to a scavenger hunt. Craft projects include button making as well as polymer bead making. Participants end up with souvenirs to bring home after the gala. The highlight of the craft activities is a large scale Summer Oasis mural that each guest is invited to contribute to.

The scavenger hunt will lead visitors through the museum gallery, providing a chance to explore the summer exhibitions while looking for clues. George Kinghorn, director and curator of the UMMA, said that the scavenger hunt will get the guests looking at the works for each clue. At the end of the hunt a winner will be announced and will receive a special prize.

A silent auction will run until 7:30 p.m. Among other items, featured this year are two paintings by Vincent Hartgen, who founded the University Art Collection in 1946. “We are excited to have two original Vincent Hartgen’s as the featured silent auction items,” director and curator, George Kinghorn said. The works are: “Schoodic Tide Pool and Island,” pen and ink; and “Farewell to Autumn,” watercolor.

The entire event is catered. Hors d’oeuvres by Pairings will be served throughout the evening. A complimentary wine bar provided by State Street Wine Cellar is available all night. A special featured summer cocktail will be available among the refreshments. And at 8 p.m., the cupcake hour begins. In compliment to the food, wine and conversation, the gala features the popular Maine Street Jazz Quartet, who is bringing their signature sound to the sculpture garden.

Not only is this an evening to enjoy the finer things in life, but it is also an opportunity to support the UMMA in its continued mission to bring art and culture to the people of Maine. “It’s an essential event for fundraising for our art camps and exhibitions,” Kinghorn said. In addition to the rotating exhibitions displaying many contemporary and modern artists, as well as items from the permanent collection featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Salvador Dali, the museum maintains community outreach programs. Central to its mission, the various art camps, educational programs and workshops help to inspire creativity and a life-long love of art both among children and adults. Programs like these are possible only through the generous donations from community businesses and residents.

Also being recognized is the 10th anniversary of the museum moving into Norumbega Hall. In late 2002, the museum moved from the University of Maine Orono campus to the more accessible Bangor location. George Kinghorn has been at the helm of the UMMA for the last five years, and since 2007 the museum has seen a 297 percent increase in visitation, with nearly 13,000 visitors from Maine and away in 2012 alone. With the proceeds from the Summer Oasis Gala, 2013 will close out the year strong.

Tickets can be purchased at the UMMA front desk or by calling (207) 581-3350 and reserving them.

$30 Individual ($15 is tax-deductible)

$50 Couple ($30 is tax-deductible)

$110 Posse (Group of five) ($75 is tax-deductible)

The gala is brought to you by the generous support and donations of The First, Deighan Wealth Advisors, The Snowman Group, Wallace Tent and Party Rentals, Mainely Music, Monahan Design, State Street Wine Cellar, Pairings, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. For more information about the Summer Oasis Gala, please visit www.umma.maine.edu or call (207) 581-3350 or email Kathryn Jovanelli at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The UMMA gallery is located at 40 Harlow Street in historic Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor along the Kenduskeag Stream. Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission this year is provided by a generous donation from Penobscot Financial Advisors.

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