On The Town: 2016 Gage Academy Collector’s Gala

Posted on March 09, 2016, 8:00 am
2 mins

Photos by Tiffany Bri.

On Friday March 4, Gage Academy of Art held their annual Collector’s Gala and silent auction. Taking advantage of the school’s Capitol Hill location, the gala was held in St. Mark’s Cathedral, which is adjacent to Gage itself. The inside of the cathedral was inspiring, and the perfect setting for the celebration of artists and supporters of the arts.

As a non-profit, Gage Academy relies heavily on sponsors and donations. Similar to the Artist Trust Benefit Auction last week, all the guests held a shared value system that prioritizes the importance of the arts. The necessity to support Gage, with its mission of arts education and wide-ranging programs, was nearly tangible in the room.

The evening was also spent honoring the recipient of the 2016 Gage Art Award, Juliette Aristides, whose work and passion has led her teaching website and workshop Aristides Atelier to recently celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. The program allows the close and intensive study of classical technique through online curricula, and also has a physical program at Gage.

The cathedral was beautifully decorated for the event, with tinted lighting around the rose window and floral dressed tables. Emcee Allen Fitzpatrick meandered around the space as he gave continual reminders of when the silent auction was going to close. Artwork by Gage students were displayed all around the perimeter of the cathedral, and musicians Eli Meisner and Alex Dugdale and the Fade Jazz Quartet serenaded guests from the elevated stage.

Check out photos from the evening in the gallery below, shot by Tiffany Bri.