SART benefit

If you've ever dreamed of being immortalized in a painting, Art for SART can make it happen.

On Sunday, July 14, people attending the second annual art-inspired benefit, held this year at RoxyAnn Winery, can bid to be included in a old Hollywood-themed painting.

Winning bidders will be dressed as Groucho Marx, Lana Turner and other famous Hollywood stars. They will make a red-carpet entrance and then be posed as if at a film premiere by Talent artist Inger Jorgensen.

When she calls out to them to freeze against a painted backdrop, they will look like a two-dimensional recreation of the scene. Tableau Vivant, as the technique is called, was made famous by the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Others can support the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) by attending the entertainment-packed event at 3285 Hillcrest Road in Medford and bidding on bottles of local wine from Cliff Creek Cellars, Dancin' Vineyards, Del Rio Vineyards, Schmidt Family Vineyard, South Stage Cellars,Weisinger's of Ashland, Wooldridge Creek Winery and more.

Tickets are available at

A $60 ticket includes entry, wine and dinner catered by Melissa Jones-Hanscom of Figgy's Food. A limited number of $25 tickets grant event entry only.

Proceeds will allow SART to provide care to assault victims and offer sexual violence prevention programs in schools.

Last year, Merry Vediner of Ashland wore a white flapper dress for the Bohemian Paris-themed painting.

"It was a blast," said Vediner, who received a print of the recreation, "You are treated like a super model while helping to raise money for a great cause."

— Janet Eastman

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