A Celebration of All Things Cultural, Artistic, and Entertaining in Madison
Jun 18, 2010
A few weeks ago, I was very pleased to find an invitation in my mailbox. It was for the Tandem Press Wine Auction and my excitement came about for two reasons.
First, the event is fantastic. It’s been held for seventeen years now to generate funds for Tandem’s graduate student fellowships. And it’s a lot of fun to attend, with a great mix of wine, food, entertainment, auctions and enthusiastic support of local arts.
But second, the invitation featured a stunning image by Suzanne Caporael, an artist from New York who’s been working at Tandem this month. Titled Bruce’s Wave, the print is a mix of blues and greens arranged in a graphic swirl resembling a wave (I learned that it is based on a fingerprint—which I actually got to see at the event!). It’s a beautiful work and it enhanced my anticipation for the wine auction.
The event took place last night at the lovely lakeside home of George and Candy Gialamas. Volunteers greeted guests with champagne at the front door and then ushered them to the backyard, where they perused silent auction items, strolled out on a dock, sampled wines and mingled. The aerial dance troupe Cycropia entertained, with performers walking on stilts through the grass and swinging on a hoop hung from a tree branch, and the Dave Stoler Jazz Trio provided music—with a special guest appearance by Ben Sidran.
In attendance were quite a few recognizable Madisonians: John DeMain from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, former mayor Sue Bauman, Russell Panczenko and Mary Carr Lee from the Chazen Museum of Art, former UW chancellor John Wiley, Toni Sikes of the Artful Home and Michael Banas from Lombardino’s, the restaurant that provided food for the event.
Tandem Press executive director Paula Panczenko welcomed guests, and after a few words from Suzanne Caporael and George Gialamas, introduced auctioneer Daniel Donahoe from Tiera Wines. Attendees bid on bottles of wine and other prizes as the sun set and torches illuminated the party.
Guests seemed to leave the party in high spirits, and one hundred of them received limited edition prints of Bruce’s Wave. But anyone can see more of Caporael’s work on the Tandem Press website.
For more information on Tandem Press and the wine auction, visit tandempress.wisc.edu.