Palette to Palate 2012 a Success


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Laguna Art Museum’s 2012 Palette to Palate fundraiser grossed approximately $150,000 on May 18, 2012 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs. The event, which is limited to 100 attendees, sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released. Tickets were $500 per person.
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Now in its seventh year, Palette to Palate at Laguna Art Museum has become one of Orange County’s most anticipated art and dining experiences. The museum transformed into a beautiful and unique venue, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and the highly acclaimed wines of Ramey Wine Cellars. The wine and cuisine were complemented by the work of ten artists, presented at each of the dining tables and throughout the museum’s largest gallery space. The 2012 participating artists included Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis (who shared a table), Lawrence Fodor, Laurie Frick, Hacer, Gregory Hull, Jason Kowalski, Ali Smith, James Verbicky, Feodor Voronov, and Jean Wells. Each artist joined guests for dinner at the table they created, with all of their work available for purchase.
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Laguna College of Art + Design graduate Jason Kowalski, who is now represented by local gallery Sue Greenwood Fine Art, was the top seller.
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In addition to art, the evening featured a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a live guitar trio, and a gourmet cheese display by Studio at Montage, Laguna Beach; a four-course meal prepared by Chef Strong at the museum; a live auction featuring items and packages donated by Montblanc, Ramey Wine Cellars, h2hotel, Studio at Montage, and Dean & DeLuca; an afterparty sponsored by Jon Madison of Madison Square & Garden Café featuring drinks, dancing, and a live DJ from The Observatory; and gift bags from Molton Brown. Additional sponsors included Form Décor, Rolling Greens, and Riviera magazine.
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Led by the Palette to Palate 2012 committee Peter Blake, Chuck Fry, Sue Greenwood, Sheldon Harte, Robert Hayden III, Bob Hayes, Patricia Houston, Jon Madison, Elyse Caraco Miller, Laura Rohl, Jennifer Segerstrom, Marnie Wall, and Laguna Art Museum’s Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza, Palette to Palate has become a major annual fundraiser for the museum’s education and exhibition programs.
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The committee worked closely with local galleries who represent the participating artists. These galleries include Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Joanne Artman Gallery, Mark Moore Gallery, The Redfern Gallery, SCAPE, and Sue Greenwood Fine Art.
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