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Tabriz 2011

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – The Fine Arts Club of Arkansas will present Tabriz on Thursday and Saturday, March 3 and 5, 2011, at the Arkansas Arts Center. Chaired by Lisa Baxter, the biennial two-night event raises funds for art acquisitions and educational programs for the Arkansas Arts Center. Since its beginning, Tabriz has raised almost $6 million which has funded the art acquisition for the Arts Center’s world renowned permanent collection and supported the Arts Center’s educational programming.

The Thursday night event is a fun, casual party featuring a sophisticated silent auction full of boutique items. Starting at 6:30 p.m., party guests can watch artists from the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School at work and enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, and ales with classic American fare. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at

The Saturday evening event is a lavish black-tie Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are sure to be stunned by unique décor created by Delaney T. Bagwell. Attendees to this dazzling event can peruse a silent auction, enjoy premium cocktails, savor an elegant dinner and bid on must-have items in a live auction. Tickets to the Saturday evening Gala are $400 per person and are only available to Arkansas Arts Center members.

New this year, Tabriz includes a Studio Party following the Gala on Saturday evening. Guests will dance the night away in a club setting to Big Mike Geier and the Kingsized from Atlanta, GA, who feature popular songs spanning six decades. In addition, swanky cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be enjoyed by attendees. Tickets to the Studio Party are $100 and are available for purchase at Gala tickets will include Studio Party.

Both evenings promise the opportunity to bid on marvelous parties, exquisite antiques, elegant jewelry, fascinating travel destinations and art from Arkansas artists, private collections and New York galleries.

Tabriz attendees receive a special discount on hotel reservations made at the Capital Hotel. For more information, call 501-374-7474.

The Arkansas Arts Center will be closed to the public February 28 – March 7, 2011, in preparation for Tabriz. For more information or to become a member, call 501-372-4000 or visit

Tabriz is sponsored by Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc., Windstream Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Dillard’s, Inc., Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Murphy Oil Corporation, East-Harding, Inc. and Moon Distributors Inc.


Contact: 501-372-4000


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