Campbell River Art Gallery hosts an evening of elegance, art and remembrance – Campbell River Mirror

The Campbell River Art Gallery (CRAG) is busy preparing for its biannual fundraising gala, which will take place on September 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Glamor and an evening of opulence are to be expected, with the event’s slogan being “Haute Couture, Haute Cuisine”.

Attendees dressed in their gala finest will arrive and enjoy the red carpet experience, paparazzi included, and an array of vintage cars for a glamorous photo op. Once inside, guests will be treated to canapes and a three-course meal from Good Wife Gourmet as well as drinks and a signature cocktail from Wild Coast Cocktails.

The main event of the evening will be an exciting live auction featuring artwork from acclaimed artists such as Bill Henderson, Sonny Assu, Sara Robichaud, Cole Speck, Bruce Alfred, Sally Podmore, Troy Moth, Molly Lamb Bobak and many more. Other evening activities include impromptu professional dance performances and a silent auction featuring artists from British Columbia.

CRAG will also present a new inaugural award at the gala, the Mulidzas – Curtis Wilson Award.

Curtis Wilson was an incredible artist and a friend to all who knew him; he was well loved in the community and served on the CRAG Board of Directors for several years. Wilson was committed to his artistic practice and used his art and presence to uplift and bring the community together. In honor and to continue this legacy, CRAG will present the Mulidzas – Curtis Wilson Award, a biannual award that recognizes a local artist who demonstrates excellence in the arts and a distinct commitment to community service. This year at the 2022 gala, CRAG will auction a set of Wilson prints donated to the gallery to fund the trust that will accompany the prize, which will be presented for the first time at its 2024 gala.

This event is made possible through the generosity of arts benefactors WestUrban Developments, MOSAIC and Denise Mitchell Interiors, as well as arts leaders from Wei Wai Kum First Nation, BC Hydro, Chan Nowosad Boates and Upland Group.

Tickets are available for purchase on the CRAG website: https://crartgallery.ca/. The gala will take place on September 24, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Center du patrimoine maritime.

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