New Paltz, N.Y. - The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz presents its fourth annual Fine Wine + Fine Art benefit auction on Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Twenty Four Fifth ballroom at 24 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The event features a tasting of wines selected by Kevin Zraly of Windows on the World Wine School, plus an auction of fine art, destination vacations, and fine wine from private collections. Guests at the June 5th event will also enjoy a selection of hors d'oeuvres and a Hudson Valley table of cheeses and artisanal chocolates. Zraly is a wine educator, the author of the best-selling "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" book and is the winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The Windows on the World Wine School, established by Zraly, has been named "The Best Wine School in New York City" by New York magazine. Zraly is also a 1974 graduate of SUNY New Paltz. Peter Bienstock and Lee Sider are honorary co-chairs for the event. "We are very excited by this year's auction items, which include exemplary works by artists who live or work in New York's Hudson Valley. The auction also features unique wines that cannot be purchased at retail stores," says Bienstock. "This is a truly creative way to help support the exhibition and programs at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, a center for art and culture of the Hudson Valley." Tickets are $150 per person or $1,350 for a table of ten. Information about the event and tickets are available at www.newpaltz.edu/museum or (845) 257-3844. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on the evening of the event. To view auction lots, visit www.biddingforgood.com/dorsky. AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS Highlights of the silent and live auctions include tickets to the Broadway hit "The Book of Mormon," dinner with New York magazine critic Adam Platt, and destination vacations in Tuscany and Upper Captiva Island, Florida. In addition, wine lovers can choose from bottles of Chateau Palmer Margaux 2008 from Bordeaux, France and Taylor Fladgate 1994 Vintage Port from Opporto, Portugal, and additional fine wines in single and multiple lots. Fine art highlights include artworks by Kiki Smith, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Milton Glaser and Don Nice, as well as other artists who live or work in the Hudson Valley. ABOUT THE MUSEUM The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, is fast gaining wide recognition as the premier public showplace for exhibition, education, and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region's art and artists from yesterday and today. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, the Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums within the SUNY system. The Dorsky was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001. Since then it has presented over one hundred exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, and Carolee Schneemann. For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum, or call (845) 257-3844.
###Contact: Suzanne Grady, Director Communication & Marketing (845)257-3245 Sara Pasti, Director Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (845)257-3846 Note to editors: Photos related to this advisory are available for download from the SUNY New Paltz website via the following links: Reading Objects 2011 Eugene Ludins