'Petals & Paintings' benefit set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The Krannert Art Museum Council will host its 21st annual "Petals & Paintings" benefit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.

Champaign florist and University of Illinois alumnus Rick Orr is the guest curator of "Petals & Paintings," an annual exhibition that will feature floral arrangements created by award-winning regional floral designers in response to works of art selected by Orr from the museum's permanent collection.

The "Petals & Paintings" celebration will begin with the opening reception Friday evening. Guests will view the floral displays as they enjoy live music by the Briggs Houchins Trio, along with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by Michaels' Catering.

A silent auction, featuring vessels filled with exotic flora, will take place during the evening, and an original work of art by New York artist and UI alumnus Tom Goldenberg will be awarded to the holder of the winning raffle ticket.

Proceeds from the reception will support three museum initiatives: the conservation of a work of art; KAM-WAM, an education outreach program; and the renovation of the museum's foyer.

Tickets for the reception are $75. For information or to make a reservation, contact Krannert Art Museum at 244-0516 or kam@illinois.edu. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The "Petals & Paintings" exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday. Docent-led tours will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The museum, a unit of the UI College of Fine and Applied Arts, is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. A $3 donation is suggested.

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