The Artful Table Shines in Savannah's Spring Arts Calendar
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 6:59 AM
On March 11 and 12, 2010, the Telfair Academy Guild presents "The Artful Table: Discovering Savannah's Silver Lining", a two-day fundraising event featuring expert lectures, luncheon, auction, raffle, and preview party. This year's event supports the The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting since the 18th Century, an exhibition that explores Savannah's history using hundreds of unique pieces of antique silver from the Telfair's collection and beyond.
On Thursday March 11, The Artful Table begins with a preview party where guests may catch a first glimpse of the Table Vignettes, each accented with sparkling silver, and have the first chance to purchase one of the Tiny Tables, also touched with silver. Seventeen of Savannah's best chefs will cater, and there is an open bar. The preview party will be at the Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Friday March 12 begins at 10:00 AM with lectures by two internationally known experts in silver: Beth Carver Wees, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Ellenor Alcorn, Consulting Curator of the Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of English Silver at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The lectures will be held at the Savannah Theater, 222 Bull Street, Savannah. Raffle winners will be drawn at the lecture event.
Following the lectures by Wees and Alcorn, Artful Table guests will move to the Telfair for a seated luncheon catered by famed Savannah chef Nick Mueller amidst flowers, fine art, and dazzling table vignettes. At the Speaker Sponsor Luncheon, the lecturers will present a hands-on silver demonstration covering maker's marks, as well as place and date marks to a limited number of guests. An auction of artist-made "tiny tables" will round out the day.
The Artful Table is a benefit event, and all proceeds support the museum. The cost for each day $75.00. On Friday, the lectures can be attended without the luncheon for $40. Call 912-790-8869 to purchase tickets. A trolley will be available to move patrons between locations; the distances are short and can also be walked. The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting since the 18th Century will be on view at all three of the Telfair Museum locations from March 6 and runs through August 1, 2009.