Plains Art Museum
Story by Sarah Anstett
Photography by Plains Art Museum, Jeremy Albright, Skyloft Photography, and Milestones Photography
Are you ready for Summer Gala: Take Two Déjà Vu? After the cancellation of its biggest annual fundraiser, Plains Art Museum’s Summer Gala makes its triumphant return on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 7 p.m. – midnight. The museum and presenting sponsor, Bell Insurance, invite guests to surround themselves with food, music, wine and of course art.
Plains Art Museum’s Spring Gala has raised over $1 million since its inception in 1997 – all in support for the museum’s ongoing initiative to support its arts education programming and free admission. The museum’s largest annual fundraiser directly enables arts access for all in the region. And each year the museum raises its bar for attendees, delighting their senses and offering an outlet for their creativity.
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Audra Mari has always called the F/M area and lakes country home. However, for the past seven years, since her career took off in 2014, Mari has bounced between life in Miami and Los Angeles.
Mari moved to Miami at 20 years old, shortly after competing in the 2011 Miss Teen USA competition, where she represented North Dakota and received first runner-up.“I still remember packing up all my stuff in my family’s old suburban and my dad driving me cross-country!” she recalled of the experience.
In 2014 she was crowned Miss North Dakota USA, from which she went on to place first runner-up at Miss USA. Then, in 2016, Mari won Miss World America and represented the United States at Miss World. As Miss World America, she spent a year traveling internationally doing philanthropic-based work.
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