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Masur Museum Holds "Off the Wall" Fundraiser and Auction

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The Masur Museum invites patrons to bid on works of art at the annual "Off the Wall" Fundraiser.

Collecting art can often seem like a distant dream. The Masur Museum attempts to make that goal more accessible with its annual "Off the Wall" event, Friday April 1st at 6:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser to raise money for museum events and activities year round.

"It's a great point of entry if you are curious about art, if you want own art, but you think it's intimidating, and its a really fun event," says Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Ben Hickey.

Artist from around the country have donated artwork to the museum to be sold to the highest bidder in a silent auction. The event gives artist as well as community members a chance to support the museum.

This years event will feature 100-150 works of art for sale, including, as a raffle item, a work by Chase Mullen, an artist similar to John J. Audubon. Also being raffled of is a "Bon Voyage" Vacation Package. The package pays for the first $3000 of a destination vacation. In addition to art, the event also features top-class food by Chef Pat Nolan.

"Our Fundraiser has the best food in Northeast Louisiana. Last year was phenomenal, and Pat is interested in taking it up another level; so if anything -- even if you hate art it will be worth coming for the food," says Hickey. Patrons will also be entertained by Monty Russell and General Patterson.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 329-2237.

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