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May 6, 2010 Volume 31, No. 30

Feast your eyes

We’re having a ball here, and you’re invited. On May 8, the support group of the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology continues a nearly 40-year tradition with an annual party for patrons and the public.

The Museum Associates 2010 Paintbrush Ball — a dinner dance with live music — serves as a major fundraiser for the museum and gathers a receptive audience for the introduction of a new art acquisition.

After socializing in the museum’s cast gallery, guests will assemble in the Gallery of European and American Art for the unveiling of a rare oil painting on stone (jasper), the work of a French artist who incorporated the veining of the stone into the painted image, circa 1625.

Moving to the Reynolds Center after the unveiling, attendees will view a buffet of raffle and auction items that area businesses and individuals have donated. “You can be a supporter of the arts without being a millionaire,” says Bruce Cox, assistant director of museum operations.