CHAMPAIGN — Ticket buyers will be able to select a handcrafted ceramic cup and enjoy live music and baked treats during "Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert," Parkland Art Gallery's biennial fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery lounge.
Guests will take home one or more beautiful handmade ceramic mugs or cups that were made and donated by faculty and students in the Parkland College ceramics program.
The benefit features desserts from Great Harvest Bread Company, coffee from Herriott's Columbia Street Roastery and live music by the Chip McNeill Jazz Trio.
A silent auction also will take place during the benefit; guests will be able to place bids on ceramic pieces donated by Parkland College faculty and students.
And at 5:30 p.m., faculty members Chris Berti and Laura O'Donnell, both ceramics artists, will give a talk about the current exhibition, "State of the Art 2012-2013: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational."
The show, curated by Delores Fortuna, features work by eight ceramic artists from around the country and runs through Feb. 1. Many of the artists' works will be available for sale during the benefit and exhibit.
Tickets to the gallery benefit are $30, or two for $50, with advanced purchase recommended; cups will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To purchase tickets, contact the art gallery at 351-2485, stop by the gallery or email email@example.com.
The silent auction pieces may be viewed ahead of time on the art gallery's website. All proceeds will support art gallery exhibitions.