Mark your calendars for May 2, the hottest party of the year! We’re hosting our 19th annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 2, from 7 p.m. to midnight with the theme of “Carnaval!,” inspired by the annual Brazilian celebration. Ryan Domres of BLUR is directing the staging for the event, which will feature festively costumed performers and aerialists, with Rio-themed music and pageantry. Carnaval is a mix of masquerade, Halloween, and Mardi Gras, and guests are encouraged come in costume or colorful cocktail attire. So put on your dancing shoes, don your festive attire, and join hundreds of party-goers in heating up the Plains for Carnaval!
The Spring Gala features a silent auction of more than 80 artworks and unique art experiences, all of which will be listed on www.plainsart.org and featured in a free art auction catalogue available at the Museum by early April. A preview exhibition of the artworks will open April 18 in the Museum’s Starion Gallery. The silent auction will use wireless bidding, with bidders using either their smartphones or iPads available in the auction gallery.
Samba music and other popular musical sets will be performed by The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra, featuring Kenyon Williams and special musical guests. The event also offers the area’s largest wine and beer tastings by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, food from Mosaic Foods, cocktails by Sidestreet Grille & Pub, and desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry.
Spring Gala co-chair couples are Cris Linnares and Bill Marcil, Jr., and Kathryn Helgaas and Doug Burgum. Border States Electric is the presenting sponsor, with additional major support from diamond sponsor WDAY and the following platinum sponsors: The Barry Foundation, Bell State Bank & Trust, Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, H2M, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, High Plains Reader, Kilbourne Group, Reading Digital, and RDO Equipment.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 701-551-6100. The cost is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs, and $50 is tax deductible.View Event
Plains Art Museum presents Community on April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., a print exchange organized by artist Amanda Heidt, manager of the Museum’s Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio. For the exchange, university-based artists will create and submit an edition of 30 prints on the theme “community” and will receive prints from other artists in return.
This event is free and open to the public.
Participants include faculty and students from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota, and Valley City State University. One print from each edition will be given to these institutions and also will be displayed at the Museum from April 3 – 30.
Performance, Parades, and Pageantry as Public Art: Sandy Spieler’s Water Works
March 24, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
At Theatre B, 716 Main Ave., Fargo
FREE and open to the public
4:30 p.m. – Reception – light appetizers
5:00 p.m. – Artist Lecture
6–6:30 p.m. Group discussion
Do you want to take part in more public art in our communities? Then join Sandy Spieler, the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014, when she visits Fargo-Moorhead for this special opportunity meant for visual artists, musicians, dancers, theatre artists, and anyone interested in art in our communities.
Sandy will discuss the ways in which simple visual art (puppets, masks, costumes, props); street performance, installations, music, and dance can combine to create public art of majesty, meaning, spectacle, and delight for all ages.
As public art continues to develop in our communities, Spieler’s talk can spark ideas for what artists, civic groups and art organizations can imagine as part of a lively public life. Spieler focuses her presentation through an overview of how she and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT), based in Minneapolis, have explored many issues related to water stewardship.
HOBT is a year-round theatre with its own building, an annual season of stage plays, projects in schools and communities, and the signature “MayDay Parade and Festival,” which attracts up to 50,000 people annually on the first Sunday in May.
This event is organized by Plains Art Museum in collaboration with Theatre B and the NDSU Department of Theatre Arts with support from a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant.View Event
Let the rhythms of Brazil’s sultry samba transport you to Carnaval! Cris Linnares will lead a samba dance class for beginners and up at Plains Art Museum on Saturday, March 21, from 4 – 6 p.m. Cris is a co-chair of ‘Carnaval,” the Museum’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 2, along with Bill Marcil, Jr., Kathryn Helgaas, and Doug Burgum.
The samba class is $15 per person, payable at the door. Tantalizing Brazilian appetizers by Blue Goose Café are included, cash bar. Plus get advance tickets for the May 2 Spring Gala, and samba your way to the hottest party of the year!
Proceeds from the class and the gala benefit museum education programs. For more information on the Spring Gala, visit our Gala page or call 701-551-6100.View Event