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Art Center fund-raiser gets mayoral boost

From staff reports

A French-themed fund-raiser at the Rochester Art Center has gotten a festive boost.

During a news conference this morning, Mayor Ardell Brede proclaimed Nov. 20 a festive day. On that day, the Zumbro River will be renamed the Seine, and the nearby Third Avenue bridge will be called the Pont des Artistes.

Brede, wearing a red beret, made the proclamation with a 12-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower at his side.

"Bon jour -- that's about it," the mayor said. "It may not be April in Paris, but it will be November in Rochester."

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The Art Center's fall fund-raiser, titled La Fete Des Beaux Arts: A Festival of Art, Wine and Food, will transform the center's lobby into a Parisian street market, with live demonstrations from artists, chefs, floral designers, caricaturists and jugglers.

There will be wine-tasting sessions and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $65, $50 for members of the Art Center. About 50 of 250 available tickets remain to be sold.

Proceeds support general operating costs for the Art Center, which earlier this year moved into a new facility on the south side of Mayo Civic Center.

For more information on the event, call 282-8629.

Brede said he remains supportive of plans to redevelop and promote the Third Avenue corridor as an "Avenue of the Arts," part of an overall plan to revitalize downtown Rochester.

Ideas include posting promotional banners and installing lighting on and under the Third Avenue bridge, Brede said.

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