TMA Announces Spring Fundraiser

“Manor House” to Feature Works of Art from Private Collections


(TYLER, TX) March 24, 2011 – On the evening of April 7, guests of the Tyler Museum of Art’s spring fundraiser will be swept away to the verdant English countryside during this year’s La Table des Artistes. A selection of treasured appointments taken from private collections will be installed for a one-night-only exhibition designed to reflect the evening’s theme of “Manor House.” Seating is limited for the black-tie-optional event, so advance reservations are required. For ticket information, call the TMA at 903.595.1001. Proceeds from the event enable the Museum to continue to provide outstanding educational and family programming, as well as world-class exhibitions.

“‘Manor House’ will indulge the senses with an eclectic selection of English art and antiques arranged on tabletops and throughout the gallery,” said Caroline King Wylie, Development Officer for the Tyler Museum of Art. “Of course, the meal itself will be a work of art, an extravagant, four-course epicurean adventure created by premier Dallas caterer, GEORGE.” Among the highlights of the meal will be a seared Hudson Valley foie gras, five peppercorn crusted filet mignon, and a mixed berry summer pudding with Devonshire cream. A “champagne auction” follows dinner, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on items such as a stay at the historic Hotel Savoy in London. “In a time when budgets are tight and arts programs are being cut, the Museum faces a challenge to not only continue our current programming, but to also fill in the gaps left by budget cuts particularly in the area of arts education,” said Ms. Wylie. “This year especially there is a need for strong support of fine arts in the community, and this event offers arts supporters an opportunity to give back while enjoying an incredible evening at the TMA.”

Ms. Deborah Gage, independent agent and private consultant for collectors and museums around the globe, will be the special guest of the event. Ms. Gage’s ancestral home, Firle Place in Sussex, England, has remained the seat of the Gage family since 1497. She is the family historian and also manages the family’s considerable collection of Old Master paintings and decorative arts housed at Firle Place. Ms. Gage will present a lecture on the following Friday morning, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. titled “A Ribbon of Life: Firle Place, Sussex, Home for the Gage Family for 500 Years.” Admission to the lecture is complimentary for La Table attendees, $7 for TMA Members, and $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the Museum.

In addition to the exhibition of English art and antiques, guests of La Table may also view the stunning exhibition The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age on view in the North Gallery. Sponsors for the evening are Bridge Wealth Management, L.L.C., the Byars Foundation, Hester Capital Management, L.L.C., and Amy and Vernon Faulconer.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit