By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: November 2010
Linda Potter, Ray Gonzalez and Laura Pinkosky at last year’s Living Arts of Tulsa Champagne & Chocolate gala.
On Saturday, November 20, Living Arts of Tulsa is hosting its annual “Champagne & Chocolate” gala and holiday art sale and silent auction fundraiser. This event will feature the art of dozens of artists from Oklahoma and around the country, as well as exquisite champagne, chocolates and hors d’oeuvres.
Teresa Wilber, an artist and Living Arts board member, is in her third year as chair of the Champagne & Chocolate gala. “Living Arts’ purpose is to promote local and regional artists, and the Champagne & Chocolate gala is a great fundraiser for us – it supports all our programs and workshops,” she says.
Founded in 1969, Living Arts of Tulsa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting and developing contemporary art forms in Tulsa in a wide array of disciplines, including painting, music, literary arts, cinematography, theater and sculpture. Living Arts focuses on newly evolving ideas, the creation of art forms, and the exploration of the relationship between art and other disciplines and fields. Living Arts shares these interests with the community through creative workshops, performances, exhibits, films, lectures and demonstrations.
Living Arts of Tulsa offers a variety of programs to support local artists and give them opportunities to perform or display their work. Some of these programs include spoken word, new music, new media, education, African drumming and contemporary dance.
“Living Arts is the premier contemporary art center in the region right now,” says Wilber. “Living Arts has been honored with grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and is also associated with the very prestigious National Performance Network.”
The Champagne & Chocolate gala is at Living ArtSpace (307 E. Brady), which is also home to the Myers Gallery. Here, Living Arts presents over 20 exhibits each year, displaying work “on the cutting edge of the art world” from local and national artists.
“The gala isn’t just about the champagne and chocolates – it’s about the art as well,” says Wilber. “We’ll have sculptures, paintings, beads, handmade jewelry, and wearable art for sale – our guest curator Terri Higgs will be putting on a fashion show of wearable art. All the art is affordably priced – art pieces make wonderful, unique Christmas gifts. And all the art sold benefits both our artists and Living Arts.” The gala will also feature live music, a raffle and door prizes.
Tickets for the gala are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, or $100 for six tickets. Patron tickets are also available; patrons get in an hour early, at 6 p.m., to see a special preview of the available art, and have the first opportunity to purchase art. Patron tickets are $250 for two tickets; this cost includes a $150 credit toward the purchase of art. All tickets include complimentary champagne, chocolates and hors d’oeuvres provided by local vendors and chocolatiers.
The Living Arts of Tulsa Champagne & Chocolate gala and holiday art sale and silent auction fundraiser is Saturday, November 20, from 7 p.m. (6 p.m. if you have patron tickets) to 10 p.m., at Living ArtSpace, 307 E. Brady in downtown Tulsa. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Teresa Wilber at (918) 724-8733 or visit Living Arts of Tulsa on the web at www.livingarts.org.