Give the Arts a Chance 2014

A Benefit Drawing to Support the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is pleased to give you a sample of the 2014 Give the Arts a Chance benefit drawing prizes. Coordinated by the MFA Associates to coincide with Art in Bloom, this Museum fundraiser is in its 32nd year.

We are fortunate to have very generous prize donors who have provided us with the most exciting selection of prizes ever. Please see the prizes listed below and watch your mail for the Give the Arts a Chance 2014 benefit drawing package with brochure and coupons for prizes mailed to MFA members in March. Additional brochures and coupons are available at Sharf Visitor Center. For more information, contact Take a chance (or more) for the MFA!

Give the Arts a Chance is part of the glorious spring events at the MFA and coincides with Art in Bloom with the Grand Drawing taking place at the MFA on Monday, April 28, 2014.


A. Dinner and Drama


Enjoy gift certificates to these fine Boston-area restaurants: The Fireplace, La Morra, Bistro du Midi, Sorellina, Deuxave, West Bridge, The Palm, Row 34, Beacon Hill Bistro, and Prezza. Following dinner, experience the Boston theatre world with two tickets to the Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and American Repertory Theater. Value: $1,700


B. The Taste of Al Fresco


Welcome summer with a stylish outdoor dining set from Seasons Four of Lexington. Seat your guests elegantly around a Monte Cristo 48-inch table with four chairs made of solid sand-cast aluminum. Stay warm on cool New England nights with an outdoor wood-burning 30-inch fire pit crafted of solid copper with wrought iron legs. Value: $2,474


C. Discover the Privileges of Patron Membership


Explore the MFA with a one-year Patron membership for two, including invitations to exclusive receptions and behind-the-scenes visits. Enjoy a private tour and lunch for eight in Bravo. This private tour of select European objects includes highlights from “Goya,” opening October 2014, and is led by the exhibition’s curator Frederick Ilchman, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe. Value: $3,350


D. Relax and Recharge in the Berkshires


Enjoy one night of deluxe accommodations with a French breakfast at Wheatleigh, a luxurious hotel set on 22 acres overlooking the Berkshires and reminiscent of a 16th-century Florentine palazzo. Recharge at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, where you can enjoy a Spa Renewal Day with a friend that includes full use of the spa facilities, fitness activities, a nutritionally balanced gourmet lunch, and an allowance of $140 per person toward a spa service. Value: $2,870


E. Sea Island, Georgia, Golf Getaway


An exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and Southern hospitality, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a beach club, tennis, and three championship golf courses. Indulge yourself in luxury accommodations for two nights for two at The Cloister or The Lodge, which includes one round of golf for two, including cart and forecaddie. Enjoy a $500 experience credit. Airfare not included. Value: $2,300


F. Olive Field


Own Olive Field, painted by the contemporary Lebanese-born Canadian artist, Samir Sammoun and donated by Galerie d’Orsay of Newbury Street. Sammoun’s Impressionistic style and technique create a richly colored palette reminiscent of the Mediterranean landscapes of his Lebanese childhood. Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 12 × 16 inches. Value: $4,125


G. Overt Happiness


With an emphasis on spatial relations, American sculptor Mark Davis’s use of color and form bring to mind the compositions of Matisse and Klee. Davis is currently working on a major exterior mobile for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Overt Happiness is a standing mobile in brass and aluminum with steel wires, oil, and acrylic color. Dimensions:13 ¾ x 20 ¾ x 14 1/2 inches. Offered by the Pucker Gallery of Newbury Street. Value: $3,200


H. Explore Boston Harbor


Luxuriate at the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel: one night’s stay for two in a harbor view accommodation with breakfast. Enjoy afternoon tea for two in Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, and a stroll along the wharf to the New England Aquarium. Later, enjoy a three-hour whale watch aboard a high-speed catamaran taking you to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Value: $1,120


I. Celebrate Boston


Take in Boston’s best! Spend two nights in a Park View Suite at Taj Boston in a great location overlooking the Public Garden. Explore the city by bicycle through an Urban AdvenTour for up to four people. Stimulate your brain with two tickets to the Museum of Science. Treat yourself and a guest to a World Champion Red Sox home game in Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion Club. Revisit Boston’s history on a private Freedom Trail tour for up to eight people. Rejuvenate with a facial at Exhale Spa Battery Wharf. Value: $3,330


J. Newport Jaunt


Set a course for luxury with a two-night stay at the romantic Hotel Viking on Bellevue Avenue in elegant Newport, Rhode Island. Attend such summer events as the Newport Flower Show, Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, or Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival. Enjoy admission to fabled Newport mansions, the National Museum of American Illustration, and International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Shop at Bannister Wharf and dine at local restaurants, then cast off aboard an America’s Cup 12-meter yacht for a two-hour sunset sail on Newport Harbor. Also included is a 9 x 7-inch framed print of Bannister Wharf at twilight, courtesy of photographer Onne van der Wal and four commemorative books: Newport in Flower, Newport Mansions Cookbook, Norman Rockwell’s America, and Nautical Newport. Value: $1,500


K. Chic and Shine


The Chic and Shine Collection is distinctive for its interlocking circles, combining both classic and modern elements. Adorn your wrist with this Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold bracelet that adds just the right hint of chic. 7.3 inches. Offered by Lux Bond & Green. Value: $1,640


Prize Donors

Prize Donors (A-H)


America’s Cup Charters Newport, RI
American Repertory Theatre Cambridge, MA
Beacon Hill Bistro Boston, MA
Bistro du Midi Boston, MA
Boston Harbor Hotel Boston, MA
Canyon Ranch Lenox, MA
Deuxave Boston, MA
Exhale Battery Wharf Spa,Yoga, and Barre Boston, MA
The Fireplace Brookline, MA
The Freedom Trail Boston, MA
Galerie d’Orsay Boston, MA
Hotel Viking Newport, RI
Huntington Theatre Company Boston, MA


Prize Donors (I-R)


International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum Newport, RI
La Morra Brookline, MA
Longden Company Hudson, MA
Jonathon and Sharon Lourie
Lux Bond & Green Boston and Wellesley, MA
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Boston, MA
MFA Associates Class of 2014 and 2016
MFA Patron Program Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Museum of American Illustration Newport, RI
New England Aquarium Boston, MA
New Repertory Theatre Watertown, MA
Newport Restaurant Group Newport, RI
Newport Waterfront Events Newport, RI
Onne van der WalPhotography Gallery Newport, RI
Preservation Society of Newport County Newport, RI
Prezza Boston, MA
Pucker Gallery Boston, MA
Restaurant Associates Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Row 34 Boston, MA


Prize Donors (S-Z)


Sea Island Sea Island, Georgia
Seasons Four Lexington, MA
Simons IMAX Theatre Boston, MA
Sorellina Boston, MA
Speakeasy Stage Company Boston, MA
Taj Boston Boston, MA
The Palm Boston, MA
Urban AdvenTours Boston, MA
West Bridge Cambridge, MA
Wheatleigh Lenox, MA


Supporting Companies


WondriskaRusso West Hartford, CT
RR Donnelley Manchester Manchester, CT
Royco Mailing Services North Reading, MA