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.
Did You Say Theme? Yes!
Each gala has its own theme announced months prior to the main event, fostering anticipation for both the Museum and guests. From 1970s to Black and White, Time Machine to Garden Galore, guests are invited to dress up (if they choose) in celebration of the theme as they wine and dine from the region’s most well-known eateries and haunts.
And it doesn’t stop there. Along with its unique theme, each gala features events and activities for attendees to enjoy. From fashion shows to live dance spectacles to video art installations to pinball machines to tombola boxes, the gala offers entertainment no matter your taste.
Get Your Bidding Game On
Year over year, the most important feature for Plains Art Museum is its art auction. Up to 80 artists from around the region and world participate in the event. Past artists have been regional favorites Ellen Diederich, Jon Offutt, Wayne Gudmundson, and Gin Templeton. Auction pieces are available to view in Plains Art Museum’s Fred Donath, Jr. Gallery beginning July 13, 2021 through Gala night. Bidding for the auction begins on Friday, August 6, and will continue through 10:30 p.m. the night of the gala.
Let the Fun Begin
This year will not disappoint! Along with the region’s largest wine tasting, courtesy of Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from VIP Catering and desserts from Nichole’s Fine Pastry, all the while dancing the night away to Jessica Vines. Featured this year are acrobatics from FM Aerial & Movement Arts, Tarot card readings, an art installation from local artist Vada Murphy, and lighting and sound design from Livewire. Plains Art Museum missed you all last year, and cannot wait to invite you back into our building for some much-needed fun!
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