Gala raises funds for art center


Submitted by Bob van der Valk

  Over $10,000 was raised at this year’s gala dinner celebrating the opening of the Evelyn J. Cameron Heritage Theater.  The theme was “Windows to the Past” at the historic Rialto Theatre located on Laundre Ave. in Terry, which was appropriately decked out for the occasion.  The heat from the 100 degrees weather outside did not seem to faze the over 110 people attending the annual festivities now in its 10th year.

Many civic and other local dignitaries were introduced by Tricia Harding to the audience including Mayor Ron Kiosse and Eric Moore, Montana State Senate candidate for District 20.
The special guest for the night was Donna Lucey, who is the writer of “Photographing Montana – The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron”.  She brought her husband Henry Wiencek, who is an equally gifted writer in his own right, along for the occasion all the way from their home in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Donna wore the belt designed with an English silver belt buckle worn by Evelyn Cameron in one of her famous pictures where she is studying her photographs with a magnifying glass.
Lady Cameron wearing the same belt in the picture taken of her about 100 years ago.
Donna Lucey discovered the previously unknown photographs in the basement of Janet Williams’ home in Terry. She spent seven years uncovering the life and work of Evelyn Cameron. Lucey received two grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities for her work on “Photographing Montana”.
 The book and Evelyn Cameron’s pictures were featured in a recent PBS documentary “Evelyn Cameron, Pictures from A Worthy Life”. A trophy was presented to the Prairie County Historical Association by the documentary makers, which is now prominently displayed in the Prairie County Courthouse.
Music was provided by the five ladies band from Sidney, who have named their band “Cameron”, and played some great tunes from all different genres for most of the night.   The finale of the night was the auction introduced by Glenda Ueland, which was kept exciting with Rick Kniepkamp pitting bidders against each other with some gentle and sometimes a little harder nudging to get the bids up even higher.
One of the items included a table made by Jordan Lassle, who is 14 and already a master carpenter designing beautiful furniture. The item was bid on heavily and eventually sold for $500.  

Published August 25, 2010

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