Morgan Conservatory Benefit to Showcase Papermaking Center Renovations

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At 15,000 square feet (and with a half-acre garden), the newly renovated Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation is the largest arts center in America specifically dedicated to every aspect of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing. You can be one of the first to explore the new facilities during the Morgan’s 8th annual benefit and silent auction this weekend.

Rock Paper Scissors: Get Your Mojo Movin’ At The Morgan takes place from 6:30 - 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 3. Organizers promise a party you won’t want to miss. The evening includes papermaking and letterpress demonstrations, a silent auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

"This year the event has taken on somewhat of a ‘fashionista’ theme with a collection of dresses and jewelry items made exclusively of paper; featuring designs from our very own Cleveland-based couture dress designer Joan Yellen Horovitz and talented Virginia Marti College of Art and Design students,” Benefit Committee Co-Chair Bill Masters says. “These spectacular items will be available for sale in the auction together with countless other unique pieces of art all created with paper made locally here at the Morgan Conservatory. All attendees will be greeted with the sounds of the Syncopated Sin Swing Band. This year's event was the first to be orchestrated by an event committee made up of volunteer members from the Cleveland business, education and arts communities. Looks like this is one party that you should not miss."

The silent auction includes paper fashion pieces designed and created by artists and fashion designers. Horvitz has created a number of new pieces available exclusively in the auction. Also, the Morgan Conservatory’s current Artist in Residence Aimee Lee has created a dress for the auction. Additional items include a kimono by international designer Julie McLaughlin, Deborah Rosen’s unique, handmade jewelry, as well as designs by local students at Lakewood’s Virginia Marti College of Art and Design.

“Renowned fashion designer Joan Yellen Horovitz has designed a magnificent dress for the evening. Not to be missed is the back of the dress as it presents amazing detail,” says Jane Frankel, interior designer and Benefit Committee Co-Chair. “Gifted jewelry designer Debra Rosen has made a striking necklace for the event. I wear earrings she has designed specifically for me almost daily.”

Aside from fashion designs, the auction includes items such as traditional artwork created on handmade paper created at the Morgan Conservatory, vintage works donated by local art collectors, art collectibles and entertainment, as well as sporting and dining packages. A “Buy It Now” feature is available for anyone who simply must have a particular item.
General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $75. VIP packages include all of the general admission benefits, as well as early 5:30 p.m. entry, specialty hors d’oeuvres, a “Welcome” cocktail and exclusive VIP Lounge access throughout the night.

(Morgan Conservatory) 1754 E. 47th St., 216-361-9255,

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