Friday, January 23, 2015

Finlandia's Young Women's Caucus for Art to hold Soup and Art fundraiser Jan. 24

Soup and Art poster courtesy Finlandia University.

HANCOCK -- Finlandia University's Young Women's Caucus for Art will hold a Soup Lunch and Silent Art Auction fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in room 323 at the Jutila Center, 200 Michigan St, Hancock.

Music will be provided by music by flute and violin duet Megumi Kaneko and Aoi Buto and solo guitarist Yifan Zhang. Kaneko played with a Japanese chamber orchestra in Vienna over Christmas break.

Cost is $10 adults, $7 students -- all you can eat -- fabulous soups!

It’s been a busy few months for 13 Finlandia University students as they’ve worked hard to raise funds and make the necessary preparations for a trip to New York City this February. The group is attending Access, the annual conference for the national Women’s Caucus of Art.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to connect with a national organization and have contact with some legendary artists," said Phyllis Fredendall, professor of fiber and fashion design at Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design.

The event includes a chance to watch the 2015 WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year’s award winners are Sue Coe, Kiki Smith, and Martha Wilson, while the recipient for the 2015 President’s Art and Activism Award is Petra Kuppers.

"These are some amazing artists," Fredendall said. "Our students will have the chance to interact with them and see them in person talk about their careers."

Aside from the award ceremony, the event will lead the students through dozens of options of breakout events over a three-day period of time. It will also allow the students to see the art scene in New York City.

"New York City is a mecca for art," Fredendall said. "We’re absolutely thrilled to have so many enthusiastic art students participating this year."

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