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Amft auction benefits culinary institute

Big Art for Scholarships
Art lovers with plenty of wall space who'd like to support the new Myrtle Beach Culinary Institute are invited to bid on a Robert Amft original painting displayed at Croissants Bistro in Myrtle Beach. The 7 ft. by 4.6 ft. work entitled Sunday Afternoon-1973-Homage to Georges-Pierre Seurat will be auctioned Sun., Mar. 10, at the Sixth Annual Horry Georgetown Technical College Foundation gala, with proceeds supporting the new Myrtle Beach Culinary Institute at Horry Georgetown Technical College.

Tom.Maeser@hgtc.edu  or Coleen.Nies@hgtc.edu with the HGTC Foundation are accepting pre-bid offers. Details are available at www.hgtcfoundation.org/gala.html

The Amft painting is aerosol paint and acrylic on canvas that salutes Seurat in pop art and graffiti. Born in Chicago in 1916, Amft died last year in Myrtle Beach. Amft was a painter, sculptor, photographer, book designer and editor.

The art auction is part of a fundraising campaign honoring David Brittain's life and many contributions to the community. Brittain and his family are widely respected for longtime operation of the Sea Captain's House, an historic culinary landmark.

The Myrtle Beach Culinary Institute will be a 40,000-sq. ft. building on the HGTC Grand Strand Campus. It will feature bakery, nutrition, and mixology laboratories; production, training, barbecue and demonstration kitchens; and a culinary gift shop and greenhouse for instructional use.

Since its inception, the HGTC Foundation gala has raised more than a quarter million dollars for culinary scholarships for HGTC. The Foundation works with the local Chaine des Rotisseurs to provide a six-course, wine-paired dinner prepared by college chefs and students.