Thank you to everyone who donated items and bid on items for our Silent Auction. What a great success! Be watching for details on upcoming fund raising events in support of ORCMA's programming: the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music Series.
June 6, 4:30–7:30 PM Silent Auction on the sidewalk near the Public Library
Be a part of ORCMA's Season Finale Silent Auction in support of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Chorus, and Chamber Music Series! This season we presented numerous music performances online, all without cost to viewers. The silent auction -- on the sidewalk near the Oak Ridge Public Library -- supports this programming and will include unique gifts. Due to the pandemic, certain precautions remain in place for the silent auction. Plan to be socially distanced while bidding on auction items.
Featured auction items are a quilt by Carol Mason, a yellow rose bush & gift card from Willow Ridge Garden Center, and paintings created by local artists Betsy Spooner and Maurice Lowery in conjunction with Wil Wright's composition Concordia, which was recently given its world premier by the Oak Ridge Chorus and Roane Choral Society, with Director Brenda Luggie. We thank Spooner and Lowery for generously donating their art to ORCMA and RCS. Proceeds from the auction will be equally divided between the two organizations. Minimum bid on each piece is $100. Watch the video of the livestream here! (at approximately the 40-minute mark)
Betsy Spooner moved to Oak Ridge in 1982 with her late husband, Steve, a scientist at ORNL. They both became active in the Oak Ridge Rowing Association and served as coaches for the novice boy’s crews. Betsy was also a member of a competitive women’s crew for thirteen years. She and Steve joined the Oak Ridge Chorus and sang with this organization for many years. After 30 years teaching in early childhood Betsy decided to retire into the world of art after discovering the Oak Ridge Art Center. She continues her art studies there. Her works have been exhibited in local galleries as well as in private collections. This recent challenge of “painting to music” is a new stretch for Betsy and she hopes to add a new dimension to William Wright’s meaningful composition, “Concordia.”
Maurice Lowery: I am a Roane County native and currently provide IT systems support for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. I have enjoyed drawing from the time I could hold a pencil. Only later in my adult years did I begin to dabble with various painting techniques. Now, oil and acrylic painting, spray paint art, and string painting have been added to my experimentation, as well as soft pastel street painting art.
Lotus in Springtime quilt, 2020
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