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Jacksonville Art Association Celebrates 65th Fine Arts Ball

The Art Association of Jacksonville is celebrating its 65th Fine Arts Ball, with the theme “Sapphire Soirée” in honor of the occasion.

The annual event, scheduled for April 23, serves as the association’s main fundraiser, with proceeds used to promote art appreciation and education for all ages at the David Art Gallery. Strawn. The theme was introduced by General Co-Chairs Katie Hackett and Daniel Hackett.

Focusing on art appreciation and education, the Art Association of Jacksonville raises awareness of all art – old and new – through the Strawn Gallery’s permanent exhibitions and the gallery’s monthly screenings, which are free to the public. The association also offers children and adults the opportunity to explore their own artistic abilities in various art forms through its art classes.

Funds raised by the ball are used for these exhibits and classes and to fund renovations and upkeep of the historic Strawn Gallery.

The co-chairs of the 2022 prom – brothers Katie Hackett and Daniel Hackett – have chosen the theme “Sapphire Soirée”.

“As chairs of the first fundraiser for the arts association, Daniel and I were excited to announce this year’s theme,” said Katie Hackett.

“Katie and I have been part of the Jacksonville Art Association since we were kids,” said Daniel Hackett. “Being able to give back to something that has given us, our family and the community so many great memories is extremely rewarding, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come to life.”

The Hackett siblings enlisted the help of Erica Melcher and Carol Hungerford, who will design this year’s set, incorporating their own take on several famous blue artworks. Jessica Richardson designed the logo, which features a graphic design of the Strawn Gallery in sapphire blue.

Evening events include a champagne reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at the gallery. All who attend the ball are invited to attend the reception before heading to the Annie Merner Chapel on the old campus of MacMurray College for the coronation.

The coronation, which will include the recognition of 2021 Queen of Fine Arts Molly Jackson and the 2022 Coronation of the Queen, will begin at 7 p.m. at the chapel.

A dance with appetizers and entertainment by Kapital Sound at the Jacksonville Country Club will follow the coronation.

Attendance and general admission tickets will be available at the Annie Merner Chapel prior to the Beaux-Arts Ball on April 23. Attendance tickets are $40 and include admission to the coronation, reception, and dance. General admission tickets are $10 and include the reception and coronation. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available during the coronation and handicapped seating will be available.

For more information, call Strawn Gallery at 217-243-9390. Information will also be available on the Art Association of Jacksonville’s Facebook and Instagram.