Vernon’s Caetani Center to Hold Annual Art Auction on June 25 – Vernon News

A popular event comes to life at the Caetani Center in Vernon.

Formerly known as Splash of Red, this year’s event has been renamed Caetani Splash Viva d’Arte to better reflect the Caetani Center’s Italian roots.

“We wanted to transition more to an Italian-themed summer garden party,” said Kristin Froneman, Caetani Center staff member and splash artist liaison.

To welcome guests to the historic East Hill house, the gardens are beautified while colorful artwork is delivered in time for the annual fundraiser.

The event will take place June 25 from 4-8 p.m. to celebrate the summer solstice with a colorful garden party and art auction during the day.

“We look forward to hosting a live event again after hosting an online art auction for the past two years during COVID,” said Susan Brandoli, Executive Director of the Caetani Center.

“Our volunteer gardening team has worked diligently in all weathers to make our 1.3 acre property safer and more suitable for hosting large events. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers and a donation we received from Home Hardware.

Several artists have donated colorful works of art for this year’s live art auction, which will be chaired by auctioneer Kevin Rothwell.

“We have 29 original paintings on the block that were made using a variety of styles, colors and mediums that will make a wonderful addition to any art connoisseur’s collection,” Froneman said. “We are also delighted to have Kevin as our auctioneer. He is a well-known media personality and community supporter who will add to the fun with his lively banter.

Those wishing to see the work before the event can visit the Caetani Center gallery from June 22 to 24 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. An appointment is not necessary.

True to the Italian theme, the event will also feature charcuterie, entrees and desserts created by Uprooted Kitchen and Catering, accompanied by prosecco, wine and limoncello.

“As this is a Midsummer Garden Party, we encourage everyone to show up in their most festive garden hat. Think flowery, colorful and fun. Flats are also encouraged due to the new grass we have installed in our gardens,” said Kathy Parton, Chair of the Splash Committee.

Customers are also encouraged to bring cash in order to purchase raffle tickets for specially selected gift baskets including golf packages, food and other donated items.

“Parking will also not be available on site. People with reduced mobility can be dropped off at the house. However, we ask people to park on nearby streets and respect our neighbors,” Parton said.

Fundraiser tickets are selling out fast. Single tickets and tables of eight are available by calling 250-549-7469 or on line.

Also on sale at Ticket Seller are tickets for the Caetani Summer Music Festival on July 23, from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with headliner Shred Kelly, as well as summer tours of the Mysterious Caetani House, with the second installment of Sveva Caetani’s stunning series of Recapitulation paintings.

For more information and to view the artwork auction, Click here.

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