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Paint the town pink

Published on May 16, 2017 4:41PM

Guests at the Pink Nail Polish Gala this Saturday, May 20, will get to enjoy music, art and culinary delights while also raising funds to help Neighbors for Kids provide local special needs education.

Held at the Freed Gallery, the elegant evening will offer a live musical performance by acclaimed classical guitarist Scott Kritzer, fine wine from the Flying Dutchman and delicious local cuisine from the area’s top restaurants.

Guests will also have the chance to take home souvenirs large and small, with an artwork raffle, gift bags from local businesses and a silent auction for a large-scale painting by renowned artist Russell Jacques.

The fund-raiser is being held in memory of Freed Gallery owner Lee Freed’s daughter, Gail Glickman, who died two years ago. The event takes its name from the pink nail polish that Glickman used to build a connection with one of her autistic students while working as a special needs tutor.

Proceeds from the gala will go toward the Gail Glickman Program for Learning and Enrichment, which will allow the nonprofit Neighbors for Kids group to better serve students with special needs at its Kids Zone facility in Depoe Bay.

A highlight of the evening will be the live performance by Scott Kritzer, whose resume includes critically acclaimed performances in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London.

Thirty raffle tickets will be on sale, each of which entitles the holder to a piece of artwork donated by Freed Gallery artists, with each piece valued between $500 to $1,900

Gift bags containing a minimum of $25 worth of goods from local businesses are also available for $25 apiece.

Guests will also be able to place a bid in the silent auction for “I See a Landscape with Lavender Water,” an 8-by-7-foot abstract painting by Russell Jacques currently on display at the gallery and online at Freedgallery.com. Bids starting at $3,000 may be submitted online at info@freedgallery.com, by calling 541-994-5600 or in person.

Doors for the May 20 gala open at 5:30 pm at the gallery, located at 6119 SW Hwy. 101.

Tickets, $50 apiece, are available by dropping by the gallery or Kids Zone, located at 634 Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay, by calling 541-765-8990 or online at www.neighborsforkids.org.

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