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June 26, 2015

Eleventh Annual Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Gala to feature “Saints, Sinners and Silk”

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University will host its 11th annual gala benefit, "Saints, Sinners and Silk", Friday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.


This year's event takes on an Asian theme featuring special cuisine, music, and a karaoke afterglow.


"The event is going to be fantastic," said event co-chair Madeline Burke. "The Asian theme is incredibly fun and will make for a memorable night for everyone who attends."


"Saints, Sinners and Silk" also includes a silent art auction and a live auction hosted by Midland auctioneer Mike Furlo. More than 50 regional artists will donate a work of art for the auction with proceeds supporting exhibitions and educational programs at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.


The event will showcase a themed menu that includes Hunan Style Tien-Tsin Beef, Garlic Shrimp, Dak Bulgogi, Lion's Head Meatballs, carved Jiangsu Style Salmon Filet, Peking duck quesadillas, Crunch Dragon Roll, and more.


"Saints, Sinners and Silk" also serves as the kick off to the museum's fall exhibition FRAGMENTA: Jay Holland/Sergio DeGiusti.


FRAGMENTA: Jay Holland / Sergio DeGiusti is an exhibition of sculptures and reliefs by two Detroit artists who have been making art for more than 90 years collectively. Holland taught sculpting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit from 1964 to 1998. DeGiusti taught art history and studio classes at Wayne State University and sculpting at the College for Creative Studies for many years. The exhibition will be displayed at the Museum Friday, Sept. 25 to Saturday, Jan. 23.


"DeGiusti took classes under Holland for a semester and so in some ways this is an exhibition of the master and the student," said Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton. "Both artists are highly regarded in the world of art in southeast Michigan," she added.


The Dow Chemical Company is this year's title sponsor for the gala. Additional sponsors at this time include Nexteer Automotive, Bill and Sue Vititoe, Benefactors; Thomas A. Braley, Denis and Madeline Burke, Champagne & Marx Excavating, Inc., Consumers Energy, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Carl Fredericks, Garber Automotive, Patti and Dave Kepler, Pumford Construction, Mervyn and Avril Roundtree Patrons; Don and Liana Bachand, Bierlein Companies Inc., Bob and Sue Bloenk, Braun Kendrick, Fabiano Brothers, Roger and Judi Hill, Lucy and Fritz Horak, Labadie Auto, McLaren Bay Region, Michigan Pipe and Valve, Michigan Sugar, Drs. Peter and Susan Morley, Payne, Broder and Fossee, P.C., Ric Roberts, Robert and Jane Rogers, Saginaw Bay Underwriters, Spence Brothers, SVSU Office of Academic Affairs, SVSU Office of President and Tri-Star Trust Bank.


Sponsorship at all levels offers the opportunity to be a presenter of a work of art from an online list of fabulous auction items. Contact Laurie Allison for information about how you can become a sponsor of this annual event at or 989-964-7082.


The event takes its name from the "Saints and Sinners" sculptures by the museum's namesake located in the Dow Gardens in Midland.


For more information about "Saints, Sinners and Silk", call 989-964-7125.