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Miniature Masterpieces a hit

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CALABASH—The Brunswick Arts Council’s annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser drew about 300 people Saturday night to Sunset River Marketplace gallery.

Local arts supporters showed up in their finest black-tie attire and admired the “mini” art pieces created especially for the event. Each guest took home a masterpiece.

In addition to live and silent auctions, the event also featured a celebration of the arts council’s scholarship program.

North Brunswick High School senior Aaron Benton received money from the program to participate in the International Drum and Bugle Corps. Benton and NBHS band director Mark Riel thanked the arts council and the patrons for their support.

“It was a very enjoyable evening,” Arts Council President Gary Halberstadt said Monday. “Financially, we were less successful, but people enjoyed themselves more than in the past.”

Council board members did not have the total amount available at press time, but all proceeds will benefit arts council programs including scholarships and individual and group grants.

According to Halberstadt, the council donated about $15,000 in individual and group grants this past year.