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Evening at the Elms

Monday, February 28, 2011

Kathryn Jones looks at the different photographs that are part of the "Through the Lens" exhibit at the "Evening at the Elms" event on Saturday night. The event featured live music and a silent art auction within the home of DePauw University president Brian Casey. [Order this photo]
GREENCASTLE -- DePauw President Brian Casey held a gala event at his home on Saturday, and the home of DePauw presidents since 1925, The Elms. The "Evening at the Elms" event featured a silent auction for various art pieces, with all proceeds going to the Putnam County Museum.

Casey has continued to fulfill his pledge to make The Elms a place of dialogue and candor. Faculty members, students and many others were invited to the event, which featured food and a performance from jazz duo Veronica Pejril and Bill Hamm. Casey said he was eager to help the museum any way he can.

"I do have a warm spot for the museum," Casey said.

The event also featured a preview of a future museum exhibit titled "Through the Lens."

Caroline Murphy, assistant director of the museum and a DePauw post-doc student, organized the event, which she hopes will continue to be held every year at the museum in the future.

"I wanted to combine community with art," Murphy said.

The exhibit previewed 14 of the 56 total pictures of the exhibit. This is not counting the scrapbook part of the preview. The scrapbook brought pictures from other Putnam County residents that were taken with disposable cameras.

Casey, who had not seen the exhibit before that night, particularly enjoyed the scrapbook portion, praising it for its unique approach and its candid nature.

Murphy also mentioned that when the exhibit opened at the museum on March 16, visitors would be able to take a picture of themselves and become part of the exhibit, making the exhibit interactive and ever changing.

Murphy said she hopes the exhibit proves to be as educational about the county as it was to those taking the photos.

"We learned a lot about Putnam County and the history," Murphy said.

The "Through the Lens" exhibit will likely stay at the museum through June. It will have an opening night event at the museum at 7:30 p.m.

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