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Frankenmuth Arts Council plans fifth annual fundraising auction

  The Frankenmuth Arts Council will be returning to the Bavarian Inn Lodge this fall to host their fifth annual 𠇏ire & Aire” fundraising auction.

  The event will feature a live auction, a premium art gallery, artist exhibitions and Lodge banquet dinner. A 50/50 raffle will take place and Lodge owner Judy Zehnder Keller will debut a �ssert Auction.”

  The auction will be held on Wednesday, September 19. Doors will open at 5pm, hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and the live auction. Tickets are available at the Frankenmuth Credit Union’s main branch or at The cost is $30 for FAC members; $35 for the general public.

  The auction and gallery roster will boast several local favorites, including Stephen Hargash, who currently serves as the Fine Arts Council executive director. He will have his artwork available for the community.

  Other local artisans include Dave Holtslander, Douglas Barron, Brian Goff and Kim Koehler – a former Frankenmuth resident whose retirement has allowed him to explore the range of artistic expression through paint.

  Dennis Stange will feature his popular wood-turned bowls and the acclaimed talents of former Frankenmuth School District art teacher Al Maciag will also be displayed. An exclusive Maciag piece will be available through a special raffle drawing.

 𠇏ire & Aire” will be the featured exhibition, a dual gallery highlighting a forthcoming FAC event scheduled for October 18-20 in Heritage Park and the Frankenmuth Farmers Market. 𠇏ire & Aire” will celebrate both the French style of outdoor en plein air painting as well as the inaugural Frankenmuth Iron Pour. The Iron Pour will be presented in partnership with Michigan’s Big Country Fest in Heritage Park.

  Dollars raised by the auction will be used to support scholarships for local high school seniors, the development of arts programs within the community and the eventual opening of a dedicated and permanent gallery and art studio.

  “The Frankenmuth Arts Council is present in so many areas within the Frankenmuth community. It is wonderful to see such diverse groups and individuals taking a strong interest in their friends’ and neighbors’ artistic talents,” FAC Treasurer Charles Allport said.

  For more information or to become a FAC member, contact FAC President Gale Howe at

(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News