Fun night, serious goals ... Museum's annual ball supports the arts

A night of dressing up, dining and dancing will raise funds for the Greenville Museum of Art's unwavering mission of providing access to fine arts and for arts education for all in our community. The GMA's annual Fine Arts Ball will be held from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 18 in the ballroom at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Tickets are $125 per person for members and $175 per person for others. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at the museum. The black-tie event includes a reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, silent auction of donated art, seated dinner, open bar, live auction, and dancing. Music will be performed by The Radio Narks, a party band that plays a variety of cover music. The ball will be held in memory of the late June M. Ficklen, a Greenville philanthropist whose support and contributions made a lasting impact on the local museum. Silent auction items may be viewed at Online bids may be placed until 6 p.m. March 18, and the winning bidder does not have to be present. Silent auction bidding will continue at the ball until 9 p.m. Bailey's Fine Jewelry has contributed John Hardy jewelry with a retail value of $2,185 to be raffled off at the ball. The jewelry, from the Dot Collection, includes an 18K yellow gold and sterling silver open-work teardrop-shaped pendant on a link chain with a coordinating cuff bracelet and graduated linear earrings on French wires. Raffle tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the ball or in advance at The winner does not have to be present the time of the drawing. All money raised at the Fine Arts Ball supports the Greenville Museum of Art's mission to serve as the regional hub for the fine arts in eastern North Carolina. In addition to permanent art exhibits, the Greenville museum offers temporary exhibits of works by local artists including Pitt County Schools students and East Carolina University students and staff. Classes and workshops are held in a variety of media and for all ages. The museum provides arts education classes within the under-served areas of the community including the Little Willie Center, Operation Sunshine, The Boys and Girls Clubs and the county Council of Aging centers. GMA also participates in a festivals and events throughout the year, offering free art projects for children at PirateFest, Freeboot Friday, Umbrella Market and ECU Youth Arts Festival. The Greenville Museum of Art is at 802 S. Evans St. Operating hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 252-758-1646.