Renowned film critic Rex Reed reveals what happens behind the curtain in support of ArtCenter and The Huntington

Guest speaker, Rex Reed

Guest speaker, Rex Reed

The San Marino League—a local, philanthropic organization that has supported Fine Art scholarships at ArtCenter for almost 40 years—will host its biennial gala benefit on Saturday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

“A Constellation of Stars: The Legends I Have Known” puts renowned film critic, author and celebrity profiler Rex Reed center stage as he shares revealing portraits and anecdotal encounters he’s experienced with legendary personalities of stage, screen and literature.

James Griffith, ASCENT – Mountain Goat, 2013, tar on panel, 12 x 9

James Griffith, ASCENT – Mountain Goat, 2013, tar on panel, 12 x 9

The party continues with a stellar reception and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind artworks by local, national and international artists, including alumnus James Griffith who has donated artwork from his notable series of tar paintings to the benefit. The evening concludes with a gourmet, multi-course, seated dinner.

Tickets for the benefit are $300 per person with proceeds divided equally between scholarships for fine art students at ArtCenter and an endowment fund for the Japanese Garden at The Huntington. Attendance is limited, so reserve your tickets today.

The San Marino League, a nonprofit organization of women committed to philanthropic work in the community, has been supporting fine arts in the San Gabriel Valley for almost 60 years. The League’s relationship with ArtCenter dates back to the College’s earliest days in Pasadena and to date the League has donated nearly $600,000 to ArtCenter.

In addition to financial support, the League logs hundreds of volunteer hours at ArtCenter offering tours for prospective students, providing administrative support to the library and welcoming hundreds of visitors to campus during special events.

Most recently, the League has embarked on an effort to expand the College’s community tour program.  During the Spring term (February-May), volunteer docents will offer regular tours of Hillside Campus on the first and third Sundays of every month at 2 p.m., beginning in the Student Gallery with no advanced reservations needed.

In exchange for their volunteer efforts, members of the League are invited to attend programs tailored to their specific artistic sensibilities, including gallery openings, private workshops and other special events.

San Marino League benefit, “A Constellation of Stars: The Legends I Have Known,” takes place on February 6, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

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