Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Elegance at Hershey "Sneak Preview"

Special Vintage & Collector Cars Combine with "The Automobile as Art" Exhibit at Brath and Hughes Fine Art LLC to Showcase The Elegance at Hershey Charity Events June 8-10 at The Hotel Hershey

The Elegance at Hershey, a weekend long series of charity vintage and collector car events partners with the Brath & Hughes LLC Fine Art Gallery at Mechanicsburg's First Friday festivities on June 1, offering a "Sneak Preview" of the kinds of cars and "automobile art" one can expect to see at The Elegance at Hershey events the following weekend at The Hotel Hershey®. 

The Friday June 1 First Friday event in Mechanicsburg includes a showing of several rare automobiles in front of the neo-classical Brath and Hughes Fine Art LLC gallery, the former Mechanicsburg Bank Building. Included in the display is a stunning 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre by Hooper from the nearby Rolls Royce Museum.  Also on display is a very rare, newly- restored British microcar; a 1958 Berkeley Roadster owned by Dillsburg car enthusiast Jay Young.  These and other collector cars will be on display in front of the Brath & Hughes Fine Art LLC Gallery at 41 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday June 1.

Inside the Brath & Hughes Gallery, a wine & cheese reception at 6:00 PM opens a special First Friday exhibit entitled "The Automobile as Art" featuring classic and vintage car photography from renowned Philadelphia photographer Michael Furman, as well as photographs by local photographer Stuart Leask of Sturazzi Photography.  Paintings by popular automobile artist Ken Reed of Hamburg and selections from the extensive collection at the AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey, one of The Elegance at Hershey beneficiaries, are also displayed.

Brath and Hughes represent more than 50 local and regional artists.  Watercolorist Debra Tritt-Kreiger is featured in "the bank vault" with seashore- themed art. Craig Smith is featured with a collection of mixed media fine art. Meet the artists during the event. Live music will be performed by Jeff Greenawalt playing Victorian era instruments inside the Gallery, with Jack Poole performing outside on the electric violin.

Admission to the Brath and Hughes LLC  Gallery exhibit is free and the public is invited to enter door prize drawings  each hour from 5-9 PM,  including the grand prize of a "Family 4-Pack" of tickets to The Elegance at Hershey events.
The Elegance weekend June 8-10 at The Hotel Hershey® includes a vintage hill climb dubbed "The Grand Ascent" on Friday and Saturday, paying homage to the historic Hershey Hill Climb. "The Elegance" on Sunday is a showing of more than 60 of the world's rarest collector automobiles arrayed through the formal gardens at The Hotel Hershey®.  The events are open to the public and raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the AACA Museum and the AACA Library & Research Center.

More information on the Elegance at Hershey events, including advance ticketing, is available at

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