Gallery r Art Auction Fundraiser at The Strathallan, March 13

All ticket-holders guaranteed a beautiful work of art to take home

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It’s not often that you get to attend a gala gallery event and end up with a piece of art to take home—just for the price of admission.

Gallery r, Rochester Institute of Technology’s student-run metro showcase for contemporary art on Park Avenue, is hosting a fun-filled art auction gala and fundraiser to support the gallery and the gallery management program at RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

The 9th Annual Gallery r Benefit will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at The Strathallan, 550 East Ave. The emcee is Norma Holland, anchor of 13WHAM News This Morning. A preview of the artwork will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

All ticket-holders are guaranteed a beautiful piece of art at “r Benefit”—an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, raffle prizes and an exciting showcase of artistic talent from RIT.

Tickets are $130 and admit two, and throughout the evening, each ticket-holder will be called in random order to choose and take home one piece of original artwork donated by students, alumni and faculty from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

“There always is a great deal of anticipation as art is being selected from the walls,” says Zerbe Sodervick, Gallery r advisor and RIT faculty member. “These signature pieces are often worth much more than the benefit ticket price.

“I love to see patrons leaving the event—carefully hugging a glass or bronze sculpture, wearing a beautiful School for American Crafts necklace or bracelet, or admiring their newly acquired painting or print,” notes Sodervick. “The look on their faces says it all.”

Tickets for “r Benefit” can be purchased by calling Fran Chinnock in the School of Art at (585) 475-7562 or by email at

NOTE: Gallery r, 775 Park Ave., is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and the gallery is handicapped-accessible. For information, call (585) 242-9470 or visit