Left to right, Renee Schleicher, Evanston Art Center Trustee, Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, Karen Ribbon, Evanston Art Center Trustee. Submitted photo

On May 17, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) board of trustees, and Event Chair Linda Beck, hosted a closing night gala for the 27th Annual Spring Benefit Art Auction.

With more than 250 guests in attendance, the event netted $45,000 in art sales and donations that will provide art education, exhibitions and other outreach programs to the community, such as Art VanGo. The art-loving public had an opportunity to view and bid on paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and other artworks donated by more than 110 Chicago-area artists, including Jill King, Jane Fulton Alt, Susan Sensemann, Didier Nolet, Larry Chait and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris.