Glitz, Art, and Festive Behavior: Remembering WMG’s 2011 Gala

Gala guests rush to get those final bids in as the Silent Auction closes! Photo by Cassandra West

Woman Made Gallery’s (WMG) annual Gala and Benefit Auction on March 25 at Salvage One, 1840 West Hubbard was a fabulous and successful event. Seduced by the mellow sounds of The Jazzifiers, with band members Edmund Holmes, trumpet; Greg Bingham, saxophone; George Fielder, drums; Maurice Harris, bass; Bill Lamme at the piano, and satisfied by the gourmet appetizers provided by Amazing Edibles and by Cabot Creamery, the 200 attending guests, among them Marcia Festen from the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Pushpika Freitas from Marketplace India, Mary Morten from The Morten Group, and noted Chicago artist Bernard Williams, had a marvelous time—smiling, mingling, drinking, eating, shopping, and networking in a most creative setting.

Beate Minkovski presents certificate of honor to Indira Freitas Johnson. Photo by Cassandra West

As part of the evening program, Woman Made Gallery’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Beate Minkovski and the Board of Directors were pleased to honor Indira Freitas Johnson, a Chicago area award winning artist and founder of the Shanti Foundation for Peace. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in a number of private and public collections. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently the prestigious Governors Award for the Arts.

The Gala, WMG’s major annual fundraiser, raised more than $42,000 for the organization. It featured both a live and silent auction offering a large variety of unique fine arts and crafts items, including paintings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, as well as gift certificates and services. Auction items included a Lake Michigan boat tour for up to six friends, donated by James Pinzker, Vice President of Investments at UBS, an introductory flying lesson offered by ace pilot Alex Waterloo, and a Pizza Party prepared and offered in some lucky winner’s home by three brave Naperville Firemen.

Volunteers Margaret Denny and Sheila A. Donovan showing off a quilt donated for the Silent Auction by artist Beth Ann St. George. Photo by Cassandra West

We are so grateful for all who made this event possible, from the sponsors and donors, to the volunteers and committee members:


Anonymous, Mary Ann and John Anthony, Katie Anthony, L. Claude and Maria Aschinberg, Carol Augustin, Cynthia Bargara, Marty and Jim Bash, Patricia Jo Bash, Kathy Bergold, Morgan Mills Blank, Fran Bull, Patricia Callahan, Elaine Collina, Linda Conway, Alicia Derrah, Laurel Dorr, Shannon Downey, Anne Elizabeth, Jan Feldman, Fitzgerald & Hewes LLP, Tammi Franke and Markus Giolas, Richard Gehm, Gensler, Andrea and Richard Ginsburg, Audrey Godwin, Nicole Gotthelf, Moira Griffin, Marcia Grubb, Thomas E. Ferguson and James Hartis, Kelly Hensen, Linda and John Hillman, Heywood Hoffman, Joan Holleb, Susan Ifergan, Marjorie Jeanchild, Anita Jenke, Lucy Jenkins, Margaret Jones, Mary Keefe and Robert Scales, Carla and Mike Kennedy, Mary King, Jeanne Lockridge, Rosalyn Lueck-Mammen, Jennifer Marling, Diane Meggs, Bobbi and Steve Meier, Beate and Michael Minkovski, Alice Morrissey, Anita Nagler and Robert Moyer, Maurice Ortiz, PD Packard, Sandra and Michael Perlow, James Pinzker, Laurel and Ronald Potkul, Lucy Redmon, Sri Reddy, Ann Regan, Rashelle Roos and Joseph Agati, Marcia Sabesin, Janet Schumacher, Vicki Curtis and Bill Siavelis, Wilma Stevens, Amy Stoeffler and Ralph Lauterbach, Pamela Stoeffler, Jennifer Sostarik, Elena Aguirre Sznajder and Jacob Sznajder, Mary Ross Taylor, Philip and Becki Utigard, Shirlene Ward, Toni and Kerry Waser, Erin Waser and Brian Foote, Kathleen and Dan Waterloo, Kathy Weaver, and Deborah Weber.


Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering, Marty Bash, Molly Cantrell-Kraig, Bespoke Cuisine, Big City Swing, Black Ensemble Theater, Janet Bloch, Bloom Yoga Studio, Bright Endeavors, Deborah Bryan, Cabot Creamery, Pamela Callahan, Phil Carmody, Nourhy Chiriboga, Mary Ruth Coffey, Diane Cooper, DeeDee & Edee, DOC Wine Bar, Tami Dollase, Shannon Downey, Early to Bed, Janice Elkins, Deb Flagel, Tammie Franke, Hillman and Friedberger Design, Furla Boutique, Nancy Gardner, Audrey Godwin, Sandra Golbert, Moira Collins Griffin, Marcia Grubb, Sarah Hauser, Julie Herwitt, CPA, Linda Hillman and ELena Aguirre Sznajder, Ifergan Salon, Jaks Tap, Katie Johansson, Indira Freitas Johnson, Martin Jon, Elka Kazmierczak, Mary Keefe, Fowzi Kelty, Latin Rhythms – Academy of Dance & Performance, Littlerock Construction, Rosemary Luckett, Lush Wine and Spirits, Bobbi Meier, Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Renny Mills Photography, Beate Minkovski, Heather Munstermann, Museum of Science and Industry, myEARTH360, National Museum of Mexican Art, Regina Noakes, Nora’s Shoe Shop, Mary O’Connell, Optimal Organizing, Orbit Salon, Perceptual Motion Dance Company, Julie Pitzen, James Pinzker, The Pixel Mint, Joyce Polance, Rebuilding Exchange, Roberta Polfus, Lance Pressl, Silvana LaCreta Ravena, ReBuilding Exchange, Recycle Me, Karen Rechtschaffen, Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio, Ellen Wright Rodman, Marcia Sabesin, Salon Buzz, Salvage One, Deb Seeger, Shedd Aquarium, Sko Fitness, Squarebakery, Sunday Dinner, Keith J. Taylor, TedxWindyCity, Beth Ann St. George, Karin Kuzniar Tweedie, Uncommon Ground, Arlene Wanetick, Erin Waser, Alex Waterloo, Kathleen Waterloo, Kimberly Keslin Waterloo, Kathy Weaver, Laura Widmer, Sallie Wolf, WomanCraft, and Sharon Wright.


WMG Board of Directors: Anita Jenke, Board President; Mary Keefe, Treasurer; Marty Bash, Secretary; Shannon Downey, Deb Flagel, Tammi Franke, Audrey Godwin, Marcia Grubb, Linda Hillman, Elena Aguirre Sznajder, Erin Waser, Kathleen Waterloo.

Gala Committee: Co-Chairs: Beate Minkovski and Kathleen Waterloo; Honorary Chairs: Margo Jeanchild, Ann Regan, and Amy Stoeffler; Katie Anthony, Mary Ann Anthony, Ruby Thorkelson, WMG Boardmembers

WMG’s Volunteers: Lindsey Anderson, Chelsea Avery, Pamela Barnet, Jim Bash, Priya Bhayana, Cara Boldarini, Amber Bookenberger, Amber Clark, Margaret Denny, Sheila A. Donovan, Michele Finkelstein, Antje Gehrken, LuEllen Joy Giera, Kim Gust, Juarez Hawkins, Meredith Lancaster, Margie Lawrence, Molly McCandless, Michael Minkovski, Olivia Morris, Mary O’Connell, Monica Padilla, Andy Pappas, Annika Pappas, Michelle Renee Perkins, Julie Pitzen, Francesca Plantz, Suzanne Pressler, Ellen Wright Rodman, Ashley Rootes, Katrin Welke, Cassandra West, and Nicole Weydert.

-WMG Staff

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