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Craft museum's annual gala gets tacky twist

Fundraiser will take on 'shabby chic' theme to go with dinner, silent auction


The Ohio Designer Craftsmen's annual gala April 5 will offer guests an evening of fine dining, music and a chance to bid on fine crafts donated by member artists.

Not too shabby.

Or, for this year's event, maybe at least a little shabby.

The theme of this year's gala is "Downton Shabby," and the Ohio Craft Museum will be decorated as a grand mansion for the evening -- but not too grand.

"We'll be a mansion, but it will be a little shabby," museum Director Betty Talbott said.

"We have a different theme for each year's gala and one of the fun things for us is decorating the museum," Talbott said.

The gala will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 5 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

Guests are invited to come dressed in their best "shabby chic."

"We have a lot of fun-loving people who attend our gala, and it's always interesting to see the costumes they come up with to wear," Talbott said.

The evening will include the silent auction of donated craft items as well as a raffle of themed baskets donated by area merchants and organizations, including WOSU-TV, Cameron Mitchell, Chipotle, Starbucks Coffee, Trader Joe's, Dance Plus, Fortin Ironworks, the Funny Bone, Graffiti Burger, Matt the Miller's Tavern, the French Loaf, Lifetime Fitness, Noodles and Co., Reed Arts, Sax Car Wash and Pure Imagination Chocolatier. Raffle tickets are two for $5 or five for $10.

"We always get such great support from area businesses and restaurants," Talbott said. "It helps make our gala a success every year."

Proceeds from the gala support the exhibitions the museum offers, all with no admission charged, she said.

The museum's 31st annual members' exhibition, "Best of 2014," will open May 4.

Tickets to the gala cost $39 per person or $180 for patron tickets, which include four admissions and reserved seating.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the museum at 614-486-4402. Tickets will also be available at the door.