This year the Oak Park Park Area Arts Council is celebrating the East Indian culture and Diwali, the festival of lights, with an art auction from Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest artists. Guests can can bid for many prizes, including a round trip for two to London, England or an 8-course Indian dinner.

Funkadesi, a dynamic ensemble of musicians who integrate East Indian music (Hindi film, folk and classical) with Reggae, Funk and Afro-Caribbean grooves, will perform. The excitement that Funkadesi has created has captured the attention of a rapidly growing multicultural fan base both in the greater Chicago area and across the U.S. Before Funkadesi takes the stage, Nadia Ranney, an East Indian Kathak dancer as well as a 2006 OPRF graduate, will also perform at the event.

Guests will receive a complimentary “Mango Exotica Cocktail before they dig into authentic Indian food from Khyber Pass Restaurant, including vegetable and meat samosas, aaloo tikka, onion pakora, chicken tikka, beef seikh kabob, pappadas, cheese, mango and mint chutney, raita and tamarind sauces and baked goods and sweets.

Artful Object is the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s largest annual fundraiser. All of the proceeds are put right back into the arts community. This year the Council was able to provide $61,700 in grants to 30 organizations in Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest. The organization also sponsored eight $1,000 scholarships to graduating OPRF seniors interesting in pursuing further education in the arts as well as 11 young artists who participated in their summer teen arts employment program, Off the Wall.

Wednesday Journal is a sponsor of the Artful Object Fine Art Benefit Show and Auction.

William Alexander
Jan Anderson
Harriet Schlesinger Annis
Pete Ariola
Denise Austin
Kate Balk
Stephanie Rose Bird
Max Bjornson
Susan Bjornson
Bill Boulware
Cynthia Breunlin
Nick Bridge
Gretchen Brown
Julie Wendt Brundage
Mary Jo Bruno
Frederick E. Bryant
Rachel Burgess
Angela Caggiano
Geoff Binns-Calvey
Sandra Campbell
Juliet Christensen
Vivian Colette
TigerLily Cross
Fred DeAsis
Kathy Deitch
Laurel Delaney
Kat Dembkowski
Jerome DePerlinghi
Michael DiGilio
Jackie Dimetros
Kelly Donahugh
Jenny Donohue
Mary Dye

Pennie Ebsen
Carolyn Elaine
Janice Elkins
Janet Emison
Helen Lovell Faron
Jacquelyn Fields
Steve Fisher
Delores Fortuna
Eric Francis
Jonathan Franklin
Jeanne Friedell
Carol Friedle
Jerome Fulton
Angelko Galic
Galen Garapolo
Nancy Gardner
Thomas Gathman
Elizabeth Gaylord
Robin Cowen-Gottlieb
Elizabeth M.Granton
Chris Guillen
Jeanine A Guncheon
Mark S. Hadhazy
Claudia Pontarelli Hallissey
Ann C. Hanson
Patricia Hayes
Shirley Hudson, courtesy
of Laurie Beasley,
Ridge Art Gallery
Lee B. Jennings
Don Karcher
Hannah Karcher
Beverly Keys
Denise Kirk
Georgia Kmetz
Lori Kratovil
Melody Kratz
James L. Krysan
Paula Lang
Roberta L. Raymond Larson
Julie Youle-Lenoch
Mary Tabet Leone
Luz Letamendi
Russell C. Lissuzzo
Susan Lovelace
John Lukehart
Kevin Lynch
Brigette Maia
Yvonne-MarieMarlene Martorelli
Geraldine McCullough
Bobbi Meier
Ellen Miles
Elaine Miller
Dilawar Mirza, courtesy of Sophia & Reehan Sheik, Blank Kanvas Gallery
Judy Yang-Murawski
Laura Myntti

Lisa Nordstrom
Bob Novak
Carol Richardson-O’Brien
Mary Jo Parker O’Hearn
Susan M. Olmetti
Marcia Palazzolo
Tom Palazzolo
Calvin L. Payne III
Greg Phillips
Frank Pinc
Roberta Polfus
Pam Pomilee
Donna Pope
Marie Pospisil
Debby Preiser
Thomas Jacob Pries
Robert M. Proce
David Rachlis
Thad Rasche
Tim Reardon
Tricia Richert
Lisa Rosenberg
Ann Saladino
Cherie Salerno
Ken Salerno
Holly Wilson Saunders
Karen Schuman
Keyone Sellers
Senior Citizens’ Center of Oak Park & River Forest

Thomas Michael Sexton
Toby Shore
June Shotsberger
Marion Sirefman
Kristi Sloniger
Famous L. Smith
Shirley Smith
Robert Snyder
Don Sorsa
C.J. Stawczyk
Dana Stawski
Dzvinka Stifel
Fran Sullivan
Peter Tambroni
Keith J. Taylor
Dana Perea Thiakos
David Toan
Catherine L. Tully
Nina Ulana
Vashti Varnado
Desi Vasquez
Donna C. Villa
Amy Wagner
Scott Wahlen
Kathleen Waterloo
Brenda S. Watkins
Howard Webb
Doris Weinbaum
Joe Wendt
Kate Wester
Alexandria Whitty
Trish Williams
Sallie Wolf
Christine Worley

If you go…

  • Artful Object 2006: Passage to India
  • 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
  • Foley-Rice Cadillac/Oldsmobile Dealership, 644 W. Madison St., Oak Park
  • Tickets are $80 at the door
  • Advance tickets are $75, $60 for members

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