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Second Annual
Rotary Arts Scholarship Gala and Auction

Save this date! Friday April 15, 2005

at the Red Corral Ranch
505 Red Corral Ranch Road
Wimberley, Texas

Partners, Oil Painting by Lilli Pell - Click for more about this artist
Partners, Lilli Pell

Wimberley is blessed with an abundance of renowned artists and talented young people. After observing the widening of a void between need and resources, the Rotary Club of Wimberley initiated an Arts Scholarship Gala in 2004 whose proceeds go 100% towards the arts and youth enrichment programs in the Wimberley Community.

The Rotary Club of Wimberley made a major commitment to support local arts organizations with its hugely successful first Arts Gala held last spring. This year the club has raised the bar and set this year's gala fundraising goal at $40,000.00.  Major beneficiaries will be the Wimberley Players, Arts from the Heart, and the EmilyAnn Theatre, all sharing $15,000.00. 

More about the photograph at the right, a Sfumato Portrait by 
George Krause, Photographer.

Krause is recipient of the first Prix de Rome and the first Fulbright/Hays grant ever awarded to a photographer, two Guggenheim fellowships and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is one of the artists featured at the 2005 Art Gala.

Click here to visit his website for more of the now iconic, internationally-acclaimed work of George Krause. »

"Each of the three groups will be given the opportunity to have these dollars matched and doubled with a separate Rotary District 5840 community matching grants potentially increasing the contribution to each group to $10,000.00 from the event," said Warren Gilbert Gala Co-Chair.

The remaining $10,000.00 will be made available in grants and scholarships that will support youth enrichment and the arts in the Wimberley Valley.

"The entertainment this year will be awesome," says Ann Rolling, Executive Director of the EmilyAnn Theatre. This year's theme is "Broadway Comes to Wimberley," says Rolling. William Park and Adrienne Haan will present selections from Phantom of the Opera. 

 William made his operatic debut with Cincinnati Opera as Nermorino in Lucia DI Lamermoor and has won awards from San Francisco Opera and several other vocal competitions. On the stage, William devotes most of his time to musical theater endeavors on Broadway, Broadway National Tours and regional theaters as well as doing concert and studio work. His roles include the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. 

Adrienne Haan has preformed in several off-Broadway productions, including Sunday on the Rocks, for which she received high praise and excellent reviews for her performance as Jessica. She has subsequently been traveling through the United States on several national tours including performances of A Christmas Carol and Grimm's Fairy Tales. Adrienne has been winning the hearts of audience members and critics alike.

Rotarians Warren Gilbert and Todd Mackenzie are co-chairing the event. "We have a great lineup of local artists contributing artwork for the auction," Warren said. "Several have international reputations, so it will be a great opportunity for Wimberleyites to acquire major artwork and benefit three fine arts groups at the same time." A silent auction will be added as a new feature of the Gala this year.

All three beneficiaries will take on a responsibility to make the event a big success. The Wimberly Players will be responsible for handling ticket reservations, while EmilyAnn Theatre will arrange entertainment and Arts from the Heart is lining up the artists.

"Everybody attending the Gala is sure to have a wonderful time," said Julie Ray, Players board member who is working on 2005 grant applications for the Players. "The $5,000 we anticipate from the Gala proceeds will be a major contribution to our building fund, and could even double if we receive a matching grant from the Rotary District." 

Barbara Alexander, new Players Board member who is heading fundraising for 2005, couldn't be happier. "It's very exciting to have the Rotary backing up the arts in Wimberley. We are so appreciative of being one of the three recipients of the proceeds."

Arts from the Heart
EmilyAnn Theatre
The Wimberley Players.
Tickets are $75 per person.


Rodney Bursiel

Bernice Brown
Portrait Artist

Tim De Jung
Blown Glass

Leah Dunaway
Acrylics and Mixed Media

Brian Finch

Bob Fowler

Jane Horning
Water color

Ros Hill

George Krause

Shanny Lott
Oil Painting

Suzanne McBride

Bill Meek
Glass Sculpture

Maxine Price
Oil Painting

Bert Ray

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Wells Fargo Bank

Platinum Sponsorship Benefits
Deer Creek of Wimberley
Ozona National Bank
The Hometown News and Views
The News Dispatch
The Red Corral Ranch
Brookshire Brothers
The Wimberley View
Gold Sponsorship Benefits
The Blair House
All Wimberley Lodging
The Law Firm of Mounger and Campbell
Lynda T. Morgan CPA
The Copy Center

Silver Sponsorship Benefits
digiMuse Web Development
Della Mark Web Development
Linda Allen Catering 
King Feed
Steve Thurber, C.P.A.

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