This spring, the Delaplaine will begin a year of programs based on the art of Andy Warhol. The kickoff begins with the Delaplaine’s annual gala on Saturday, April 27, which will take inspiration from Warhol’s colorful and iconic style. Each year a theme is selected to complement the artist of inspiration. This year, we’re celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing. Because that orbiting satellite has inspired artists throughout history, the milestone was a perfect complement to Warhol’s out-of- this-world art!
“The summer of 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first humans on the surface of the moon,” explains Ted Delaplaine, Gala Committee Co-chair. “We wanted to join in celebration of that amazing achievement, and married the theme with Andy Warhol’s pop art style. The result will be a crazy and fun pop art and space-themed party fundraiser.”
Fly Me to the Moon will feature delicious cuisine by Canapés, an open bar, music and dancing, and a silent auction of artworks. In recent years, one of the signature happenings at the gala has been a lively sale of whimsical handcrafted items—candlesticks, light switch covers, 12×12-inch canvases, and, last year, throw pillows. This year, we’ll be featuring moon, space, and Warhol-inspired images on coasters created in sets of four by staff, board members, and local artists. You’ll want a set of these!
Of course, it’s not a Delaplaine gala without a lot of something special! Guests can expect a fun Apollo 11 selfie display photo op, zero gravity balloon room, and space-themed dance party. As far as what to wear, “Just about anything goes at our galas,” says Ted. “You can come as you like, but we encourage the willing to don a space-related outfit— anything from Barbarella to Captain Kirk, Neil Armstrong to the Jetsons!”
The gala is the Delaplaine’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “At the Delaplaine, a successful gala is when everyone has a great time and we raise funds for a great cause,” explains Ted. Funds raised support educational programming and visual arts opportunities and experiences for the underserved and at-risk in the community. “If we make it fun to donate to the arts center, then everyone wins.”