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A Generous Donation from Ruth Hamburger

By Lois Sumberg, Gallery Council Member

100_2157-chair 13 for RH blogI am so excited about two special treasures that long time Memorial Art Gallery patron and art collector Ruth Hamburger included in her generous donation to the Art and Treasures sale. Would you like to be the next proud owner of a piece of Rochester history, an original seat from the Eastman Theatre? Approximately, 800 original seats were removed from the Eastman Theatre when it was renovated in 2009. Ruth Hamburger’s “lucky” seat number 13 includes a hat holder where gentlemen stored their hats during a performance.
100_2162-Marx print RH for blog
If a theater chair isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps you’ll be captivated, as I was, by the 1978 intaglio, Anonymous Child, a bleak haunting print by Rochester printmaker and painter Robert E. Marx. It is an excellent example of one of Marx’s favorite themes, the personification of the human condition.

Ruth has made many contributions to the Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester community, including support for the acquisition of the 1987 drawing of Convergence. She took great pride in our local arts community and was an enthusiastic supporter.

Please come see her entire donation at the Art and Treasures Sale. Relax, enjoy a cold drink and shop ahead of the crowd at our early bird sale called Bargains & Beer on Thursday, June 24, 6-8 pm. Admission is $15 with advance reservations, $18 at the door. The sale is open to the public Friday, June 25, 10 am-7 pm and Saturday, June 26, 9 am-2 pm, Cutler Union. No admission charge! Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, all sales benefit the Memorial Art Gallery.

It’s not too late to donate to the sale. Items can be dropped off at the Memorial Art Gallery Tuesday, June 22 from 2-5 pm; Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24 from 10 am-4 pm. For early pick-up of items contact Frankie Hall-Greene: or call Lois Sumberg, 585-473-7474.

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