Albany Institute of History & Art to honor Ten Eycks, Biancolli in upcoming gala

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The Albany Institute of History & Art plans to host its first virtual fundraiser but the time to RSVP is fast approaching. Reservations are due by tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The fundraiser, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, combines the institute’s annual Museum Gala and Work of Art into a single event. The evening promises to host a contemporary art auction featuring the work of regional artists. The night will also shine the spotlight on individuals who have supported the museum through the years.

Proceeds from the auction are shared between the Albany Institute and the artists. The Museum Gala and Work of Art account for a significant portion of the museum’s annual operating budget. By combining the two signature events, it will reduce overhead so support will go directly to exhibitions and education programs.

Museum Gala honorees will highlight the support of Peter and Rose-Marie Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farms. The owners of the Voorheesville apple orchard and retail farm market have been generous supporters of the Albany Institute for over 30 years. Peter Ten Eyck has served on the Albany Institute Board for more than 10 years, including as its vice-chair of the board and chair of the collections committee.

This year’s Our Work of Art honoree is Amy Biancolli, a former Times Union reporter who has enthusiastically covered the art, history and culture of the Capital Region for over 15 years. Her consistent and thoughtful coverage has enhanced this region’s rich and diverse cultural offerings. Biancolli left the Times Union earlier this year to report for Mad in America, a nonprofit webzine covering the experiences of people in the mental-health system. She continues, however, to reside here in Albany.

The night will also include the option to reserve a special meal-to-go prepared by Mazzone Catering, as well as a custom gift bag. Tickets start at $50 and details may be found on our website. For more information about An Artful Evening, visit http://bit.ly/institutegala or call Ellie Burhans at (518) 463-4478 ext. 402.

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