Bill Andrews via Crowdrise
July 12, 2011
EVENT DATE: Jul 22, 2011
The V-Team—Making Legendary Art One Tablecloth at a Time!
Once upon a time, in Ol’ Virginnie… Alan Cole, Carol Donner and Jack Desley were seated together during an AMI banquet, and they started doodling on the tablecloth.
The hotel staff were not amused. Our Executive Director at the time, Peggy Henry, bought the tablecloth and offered it to Don Biggerstaff for the 1986 Auction. The risqué doodling was highly prized, and the bidding was fast and furious. In fact—and probably aided by the generous consumption of adult beverages—the bidding went through the roof. Individual bidders soon dropped out and consortiums were formed. At the end of the night, one partnership was left standing—Steve Harrison and yours truly. Everyone had fun that night—whether it was creating the tablecloth, admiring the naughty bits, or watching fools part with a whole lotta moola for soiled linen. Over the next decade, the Norfolk tablecloth was often present at Vesalius Trust Auctions, serving as a reminder of great times, good causes and generosity.
And this year, the legendary Norfolk Tablecloth returns to the Vesalius Trust Auction as inspiration for a unique performance art event on the evening of Friday, July 22nd at the Tremont Hotel in Baltimore, MD.
In the accompanying photos, you can see the inspiration for our tablecloth design this year—mischievous putti doing things anatomical (or is that anicomical?).
Your generous support of the V-Team provides much needed funds for the Vesalius Trust, a non-profit foundation supporting education and research in visual communications for the health sciences. To find out more about the Vesalius Trust and its interesting and vital mission, please visit us at: http://www.vesaliustrust.org/.
To become a participating member of the V-Team, simply donate $35 or more. Members will join in the live performance art event, and can be easily be identified by the snazzy T-shirt featuring vignettes from the original Norfolk Tablecloth! Donate $50 or more and have your photo taken with Bill, Steve and the Norfolk Tablecloth during the event! Donate more for extra swag!
Whether you join the V-Team and participate in our July 22nd event or make an online donation on behalf of the V-Team, I sincerely appreciate your support and generosity.