Several hundred art lovers enjoyed a balmy evening dining on fresh fare and bidding on fresh art in Devou Park on September 16 at the 26th annual freshART program presented by Behringer-Crawford Museum.
The event was the capstone of a weekend which saw 32 local artists working en plein air in the park, creating artwork which was auctioned "fresh" at the event. Previously completed works by more than 30 other artists were sold at a silent auction, with proceeds from both auctions benefiting local youth through the museum's education programs.
Judges Karen and Robert Hebenstreit and Crews McCullough selected three of the artists for the Patricia and William Applegarth Artists Excellence Awards. Winners were Tom Bluemlein, Ft. Mitchell, first place; Mary Beth Dowlin, Cincinnati, second; and Guy McIntosh, Bellevue, third.
freshART2018 sponsors included:
Silver Sponsors: Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing PLLC, BB&T, Bellevue Family Dentistry, Joann Brown, Covington Independent Public Schools, Mrs. Ruth Faragher & Family, Milburn Family Foundation, Schneller Plumbing, Heating & Air, and Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
Table Sponsors: Designs Direct LLC, Phyllis and Jack Moreland, Brenda and Bob Reineke, U.S. Bank, Gerry and Tony Zembrodt.
Supporters: Kathy and Leo Calderon, Sue and Don Corken, Earl Franks Sons & Daughters, Jackson Interiors, Kate and Mark Neikirk, Connie and Tom O'Donnell, Pendery Insurance.
Since freshART began in 1992, more than a half million dollars has been raised, bringing educational and cultural activities to more than a quarter-million Northern Kentucky children.
Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members, the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.