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CONTRIBUTED IMAGE Salvador Dali, CONTRIBUTED IMAGE Salvador Dali, "Picasso the Emperor" (Print, 16 in. x 12 in.)

Well, hello, Dali, at Baum School auction

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The thrill of winning a bid. The joy of collecting art. The satisfaction of knowing you have supported art education and a Lehigh Valley tradition.

These are all reasons to attend the 29th Annual Art Auction May 17 at The Baum School of Art. This event is not just about adding beautiful paintings and sculpture to your art collection. The Annual Art Auction is The Baum School of Art's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support The Baum School of Art's mission of enriching lives through arts education.

The night begins with a silent auction 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m. Admission is free for both auctions. A buffet dinner catered by Sodexo at Muhlenberg College is 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., with reservations available in advance and expected to be available at the door.

The silent auction offers approximately 103 paintings and sculpture by local and regional artists. The live auction is called by auctioneer Boris Wainio.

One of the premier pieces is a signed print by Salvador Dali, "Picasso the Emperor." Another interesting piece is a downtown Allentown scene by Walter Emerson Baum, school founder. Also featured are works by John Berninger, Clarence Dreisbach, Mildred Gehman, Joseph Meierhans, Jerry Quier, Conrad Roland, William Swallow, Ann Yost Witesell and Orlando Wales.

View items before they are up for bid on Preview Night, 6 - 8 p.m. May 15. The auctioneer and Baum School staff will be available to answer questions. View auction listings at:

Top level sponsors include: The Zelenkofske Family, Janet and Malcolm Gross, Bob and Sandy Lovett, PPL Corp. and J.B. and Kathleen Reilly.

Dinner reservations: 610-433-0032

CMS "Budding Musicians": Community Music School (CMS) holds its annual fundraiser, the CMS Annual Brunch, Silent Auction and Musical Presentation, noon - 3 p.m. May 4, Lehigh Country Club, Allentown.

The theme is "CMS: Home to Budding Musicians," with performances by CMS students and teachers, including Silver Winds Flute Choir, Impressions Jazz Ensemble, and Fusion Vocal Ensemble. There's a silent auction. Proceeds benefit CMS programs.

Honorary chairs are David Voellinger and Dr. Lona Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Masetti, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Jackson.

Information: 610-435-7725

Sustain-A-Ball awards: The 3rd Annual Sustain-A-Ball and the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council holds a fund-raiser and awards presentation, 6 - 10 p.m. May 3, Five Room, Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The evening's locally-sourced menu features seasonal delights, a pasta bar, cash bar, and the Brew Works' locally-crafted brews.

Selkie Theatre presents Michael Fegley in "Call Us Ishmael, Or (Product) Coffee," by New York City playwrights Honor Molloy and Joe Goodrich. Tavern Tan performs. Pana Columbus will do a "Blessing for the Earth." Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's Alan Jennings is emcee.

The 2014 Sustain-a-Ball Honorees are: Cali Burrito, Buy Fresh Buy Local Lehigh Valley Chapter, The Seed Farm, Urban Eco Fish, Grow Lehigh Valley, Pure Sprouts Organic Delivery, Lehigh County Community Gardens Program, Muhlenberg College Sustainability House (The Tree House), and the Muhlenberg College Community Gardens Program.

A Silent Auction features local, handcrafted, and sustainable items, from artisan jewelry and birdhouses, to gift certificates for massage, yoga classes, photography sessions and restaurants, and tickets for Touchstone Theatre and Muhlenberg Summer Theatre.

Proceeds benefit Allentown's community garden.


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