TORONTO (October 21, 2009) –- Get into the spirit of the holiday season by joining the Gardiner Museum at its signature fundraising event, the 21st Annual Twelve Trees of Christmas Gala on November 19th. Emceed by Canadian actor and director Albert Schultz, and featuring a cocktail supper by renowned chef Jamie Kennedy, guests are invited to participate in the excitement of a silent auction of professionally-designed Christmas trees.
This year, Toronto’s top designers and architects were asked to complete the phrase “My Christmas is…” They have created one-of-a-kind trees that express their personal approach to the holiday for participants to purchase via silent auction as a magical addition to their own home or for donation to the charity of their choice. Stunning wreaths and edible creations, donated by local florists and bakeries, will also be for sale, that evening.
The trees will be on view at the Gardiner Museum, interspersed amongst the permanent collections, through December 10th.
“The Twelve Trees of Christmas is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and mark the beginning of the holiday season.” said Gardiner Museum Executive Director, Alexandra Montgomery. “Our gala is a festive and social evening that attracts a sparking crowd of designers, artists and Gardiner Museum supporters, and the exhibition attracts families who come to visit the trees as part of their annual holiday tradition.”
The 21st Annual Twelve Trees of Christmas’ participating designers include: Annabelles Interior Design; Anne Hepfer Designs; AT Design Group; BOYCHUK+FULLER; Del Weale Interior Design with Suzanne Davison Interior Design; Julia West Home; Norma King Design; Reid & Lyons; Robert Tanz Interior Design; Susan Taylor Interior Design with Katherine Burke Design; Thomas Sparling Inc. with Ellen Harrington Design; TM Design; and Upper Canada House.
Presented by Etherington & Vukets, all proceeds from Twelve Trees of Christmas Gala support programming and education at the Gardiner Museum. Tickets ($150 before October 31st, $200 from November 1st on or $150 for 3 or more) can be purchased by calling the Gardiner Museum (416-586-8080).
ABOUT THE GARDINER MUSEUM
The Gardiner Museum offers an intimate look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms -- ceramics. The collection spans continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
The Museum also features a café that serves delicious local fare prepared by Jamie Kennedy Kitchens as its executive chef, and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about the museum and its exhibitions can be found online at www.gardinermuseum.com
Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online media room (www.gardinermuseum.com/mediaroom) where they may review and download images and additional media materials.
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For more information, contact:
416.360.6522 ext. 241
416.360.6522 ext. 240