Inessa’s Top Five Gala Happenings

1. Décor

This past Saturday was Artpace’s 9th Annual Happening.  Shanghai Swing- Artpace Goes East was the setting for shmoozing, art appreciation, and drinks this weekend.  With the help of (outstanding) staff and volunteers, Artpace was truly transformed.

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The “undisclosed underground lair” was just as beautiful.

2. Cocktails

During cocktail hour The Esquire Tavern provided a delicious signature cocktail, the Qing Bang Punch.

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3. Costumes

Happening guests dove right into the theme, translating it into their outfits for the evening.  Here are some favorites:

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4. Live Auction

Artpace held a live auction for the first time in years, as Artpace Alumni Mungo Thomson, Isaac Julien, and Teresita Fernández very generously donated works to help raise funds.  The auction turned into quite the bidding war.  Thank goodness we had a certified professional auctioneer in T-Bone!

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5. Dance Party

After all of the excitement with the live auction, everyone headed up to the roof and let loose.  DJ Zane Lewis provided the beats that got the crowd dancing.

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All in all the 9th Annual Happening turned into a great success where fun was had by all and, most importantly, funds were raised for Artpace, helping us to keep our doors free and open to the public!

- Inessa Bicknell, Membership & Development Associate

All images by Francisco Cortes…except:

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Artpace Visitor Relations Associate Krystal Paul sharing her bow tie skills with Board of Directors Chair J. Travis Capps, Jr. Image by Executive Director Amada Cruz.