By Julie Burdette, Gallery Attendant and Art Camp Instructor, KW|AG
The dedicated and hardworking Black & Gold Committee
The 2013 Black and Gold Gala 2013 has now come and gone and we are proud to announce another terrific success! It’s truly the dedication of volunteers and staff who make this night so unforgettable; this year was no exception as the talented team pulled off one of most organized and inspired events yet.
Black & Gold 2013 volunteers putting together goody bags for gala guests.
M.C.s Laurel and Brian Pederson did a fabulous job of entertaining guests and keeping the festivities on track (and good news: their marriage survived the evening as well!).
To keep everyone in the artistic spirit, guests were invited to show off their creative talents with this year’s art activities. They were able to try their hand at: “Paper Sculptures” (Inspired by Adam David Brown, White Noise, on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery until January 5); “Op Art” (Inspired by Seeing is Believing, curated by Jennifer Bullock, on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery until January 6); and “Album Covers” (Inspired by Charles Stankievich’s Gravity’s Rainbow, on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery until January 5).
Guests enjoying themselves and being creative at the art activities table.
This year’s table-top activity, inspired by David Hoffos, – The Lost Minutes, Stage One: Shadow of the Platypus (on view at KW|AG until January 5) was a challenge to “Create the Strangest Imaginary Animal”. It was amazing to see guests wholeheartedly embracing the “think outside the box” mentality, and literally looking outside the provided materials to find new and innovative uses for tableware. We saw food…cutlery…wine bottles…even a pair of eyeglasses was thrown into the mix in the bid for the very coveted awards. Check out the photos below of some of the extraordinary and imaginative creations.
A few of the entries for the tabletop art contest.
Another of the fun and wacky pieces made this year.
The proud winners of the Dr. Doolittle Award.
One of this year’s judges deliberates over a table full of contenders.
The beautiful video, Further Up Yonder, A message from ISS to all Humankind, produced by Italian videomaker, Giacomo Sardelli and sponsored by Fleischauer Brothers Landscaping Ltd. and Steed & Evans Ltd. played in the lobby for guests to enjoy. Its message, a reminder of the importance of imagination, exploration and a sense of community to invoke endless possibility, fell right in line with the Gallery’s vision to make art the catalyst for shared experience, dialogue and imagination. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the video during the event, follow the link.
The live auction was a huge success, raising funds in support of KW|AG’s many programs and exhibitions. Up for grabs was a 1998 Vega Sicilia Unico wine, Dinner for twelve with the chef at Entertaining Elements, a beautiful original Jane Buyers, Amend A (iii), 2009, and the once in a lifetime opportunity for a personal tour of the AGO and drinks with Executive Director, Shirley Madill.
Many beautiful paintings were on display this year; guests had their pick from the cream of the crop. Lucky bid winners were able to take home originals from a great selection of talented local artists ranging from emerging to established.
A big thanks goes to the wonderful supporters of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery who donated items, along with our generous guests, whose winning bids often went well over asking price. (See here for a selection of donations to the auction)
All in all, a fantastic year for Black and Gold, and a great kick-start to yet another year of growth for KW|AG as it continues to expand its role in the community. With a mandate of connecting people and ideas through art, community involvement is clearly reciprocated through the generosity of donors, sponsors, volunteers and guests alike. Thank you to those people who make it all possible.