UPDATED, Aug. 31: The third Summer Soiree, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's largest and most important fund-raiser of the year, drew $23,000 and 150 people, up from 120 last year, Heather Leavell reported Thursday, Aug. 31.

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This year's theme, "An Evening in Paris," celebrated the city that launched Cyrus Dallin's career as an internationally acclaimed sculptor. Guests experienced the tastes, sights and sounds of early 20th-century Paris.

Proceeds support all aspects of museum operations, ensuring the preservation of Cyrus Dallin's beautiful sculptures, extraordinary programs, and enhanced visitor experiences.

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Accompanying the Dallin Museum's soiree is an online auction, through Aug. 14. The auction had reached 60 percent of its $8,000 goal earlier Aug. 14.

More than 60 individuals and businesses offer an exciting array of items and experiences. They include weekend getaways to Ipswich, South Dartmouth and Dorset, Vt.; a trip to Disney World; museum memberships and tickets; VIP tours on land and in water; theater and music tickets; fine art and collectibles; restaurant certificates; dance, cooking, art and French language classes; fine wines and foods.

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Reservations for the Soiree were $60 per person or $75 the evening of the event.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.dallin.org or contact the Museum at 781-641-0747 or info[@]dallin.org.

"Whether you are new to the museum or a longtime supporter, we hope you will join us for this fun, summer evening celebration," said Museum Director Heather Leavell. "The enthusiastic participation of our community in the soiree and online auction will give us the capacity to continue sharing Cyrus Dallin's extraordinary life, art and values with a growing audience."

Amid the elegant atmosphere of the historic Whittemore-Robbins house and grounds, guests will be treated to abundant French-inspired hors d'oeuvres from Essex Catering and a delicious assortment of French pastries from Paul Bakery.

The cash bar will feature signature French cocktails, wine and beer. Local musicians Ririka Tokushige (reeds), Somer O'Brien (accordion) and Julie Perron (guitar and vocals) will perform iconic French standards, and artists from Boston Caricature will be on hand to sketch portraits of guests. 

The soiree will also feature a special viewing of Cyrus Dallin's painting "Auvers-sur-Oise," which has been given to the museum on permanent loan by Patricia McCabe, Cyrus Dallin's great-granddaughter. Best known as Vincent van Gogh's final resting place, Auvers-sur-Oise is a small village near Paris that was frequented by Dallin and his contemporaries when they desired to escape the grind of studio life in the city.

Cyrus Dallin in Paris

Like most artists of the time, Dallin knew that by pursuing an education in Paris and earning favorable reviews at the Salon, he would gain the credentials necessary to ensure his future success. Dallin studied under Henri Chapu at the Académie Julian from 1888-90 and later under Jean Dampt at the École des Beaux Arts from 1896-99.

His first submission to the Salon, "Signal of Peace," was awarded the highest honor ever conferred on an American sculptor. News of his accolades for this work and later for "Marquis de Lafayette," "Medicine Man" and "Appeal to the Great Spirit" spread quickly to the United States. With European training and awards under Dallin's belt, art critics no longer considered him an uncultured amateur from the Wild West. He was finally accepted as a member of Boston's artist-elite.

The Summer Soiree is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:

Great Spirits: Daniel Johnson, Ken, Betsy & Jean Dallin Doherty, and James and Misty Corey

Visionaries: Century Bank, Winchester Co-operative Bank and Chevron

Altruists: American Alarm, Anne Ferguson & Peter Drench, Mirak Automotive Group and Watertown Savings Bank

Sustainers: The Dallin Family and Dorian Color

Advocates: Arlington Community Media, Doukakis-Corsetti Insurance Agency Inc., David Kubiak, Tibbetts Landscaping Inc. and David Whitney Architect

The mission of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is to promote new insights into our shared history by exploring the life, work and values of this celebrated sculptor who lived in Arlington from 1900 to 1944.

The museum, at 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center, is open Fridays through Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.
For information on admission, exhibits and programs, visit dallin.org or call 781-641-0747.

This news announcement was published Monday, July 10, 2017, and updated Aug. 31.