Friends @ SECCA Begin New Fundraiser Sept. 16: Tea and Tours

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2012) — Author Henry James in Portrait of a Lady wrote: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

And, what could be more agreeable than having that tea served at The Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA)?

Friends @ SECCA are hosting a series of four afternoon fundraiser teas called Tea and Tours which in addition to a variety of teas will feature private, behind-the-scenes exhibition tours. In addition, exquisite desserts fit for a Queen will also be served at all the events. This event is being sponsored in part by Hauser Rental Services.

The first Tea and Tour will be held on September 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Each of the teas will have a different theme.

Tickets are $35 per person and attendance is limited to 36 guests. For those who wish to purchase tickets for the whole season of teas, the price is $100 per person.

Tickets for Tea and Tours can be purchased online at, by phone by calling 336.725.1904, or in person at SECCA at the front desk. For additional information or questions, please call Kristin Bell at 336.397.2109 or e-mail

The tea will be followed by a rare private tour of the paperless exhibition by its creator SECCA’s curator of Contemporary Art Steven Matijcio. This will be the last chance for visitors to participate in a guided tour of paperless as it closes Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

Matijcio won the prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the exhibition. The award recognizes innovation and experimentation among curators by supporting thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art. paperless was made possible by the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.

In addition, tours will also be given for SECCA’s newest exhibition: Anne Kesler Shields: 50 Year Retrospection. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, celebrate the life and work of Winston-Salem icon Anne Kesler Shields as SECCA brings together work from all stages of her continually evolving practice, along with a catalog that reflects upon her many adventures and accomplishments.

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. SECCA is an affiliate of the N.C. Museum of Art, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA’s mission is to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and you.