The old Rialto Theatre, built in 1915, continues to undergo changes that
will transform it into the Evelyn Cameron Center. Recent construction has
included work on the building’s main room and foyer. Fundraising efforts by
the Evelyn Cameron Heritage Inc., will benefit the project.
Plans for the 7th annual Evelyn Cameron Fundraising Gala, hosted by Evelyn Cameron Heritage Inc., are underway and organizers are expecting another strong turnout of support for the September 14 event.
This year’s gala will include hors d’oeuvrs and dinner catered by Betsey’s Badlands Catering of Glendive. A live auction, presented by Rick Kniepkamp, will feature the artwork of returning artists Elizabeth Smith, David Graham, Todd Devlin, Vern Knight, Delores Cameron and Jordan Lassle. Many other area artists have donated items as well. Auction items will include paintings, photos from various photographers, a quilted wall hanging and a wrought iron and oak dining table among other art pieces. Two Pride of Prairie baskets will also be auctioned. The baskets will include donated items from area businesses.
The fundraising live auction will also include one vintage photo from the Evelyn Cameron collection. Silent auctions of other items will also be on hand.
New to this year’s gala is the lottery drawing, where a winning ticket will be drawn for a matted and framed Cameron photograph. Tickets went on sale Sept. 2 and will be sold up until the beginning of the live auction.
The premiere of a seven minute video “Come See What Evelyn Saw” will also be shown for those attending the evening gala. The video features many of the sites in current conditions depicted in the photographs of frontier photographer Evelyn Cameron. The voices of Cody Ross and Karen Stevenson, depicting Ewen and Evelyn Cameron are also featured in the video.
Funds raised from the gala will benefit the continuing construction work to the front of the old Rialto Theatre, located on Laundre Street. The project’s goal is to create the Evelyn Cameron Center, where Cameron’s photographs along with the works of area artists will be showcased. The Center will also offer a venue for community events.
Published September 4, 2013