By ROBBIE EDWARDS
CNHI News Service
MT. VERNON —
MT. VERNON —Cedarhurst Center for the Arts will commemorate 40 years with a gala on Saturday evening.
The evening will include cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, music by St. Louis band Downtime and dancing. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. This is a ticketholder invite only. Ticket sales have been closed.
John and Eleanor Mitchell brought to life what once was just a dream of theirs 40 years ago in November 1973 — a two-room museum that now has become a haven of art and nature for the area.
"I'm sure if John and Eleanor could be here to see how their vision came to life for Mt. Vernon and Southern Illinois the would be proud," said Barbara Beck, co-chair of the 40th Anniversary Committee.
The museum now has five art galleries, an interactive, family learning center, acoustically sound performance hall, artist studio space, classroom facilities, an outdoor sculpture park and rental event facilities for the public.
"It's remarkable to think about all the people who helped nurture this place through the years. A lot of people have worked really hard to get Cedarhurst to the point it stands today: counselors, volunteers, staff, trustees, donors and so many more," said Kim Wood, co-chair of the 40th Anniversary Committee.