Carnaval! The Hottest Spring Gala Ever

PlainsartG15forumMark 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 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.