Annual Van Gogh Gala
The Van Gogh Gala is an annual fundraiser benefitting River Oaks Square Arts Center- it is also River Oaks' largest annual fundraiser. This themed-attire Gala provides the perfect opportunity for community members and patrons to become "Star Artists" for an evening. Star Artists are matched with a River Oaks Resident Artist or Local Artist for the creation of a masterpiece. Some artists contribute their own works to the live auction. All masterpieces are placed on the auction block during an exciting live auction on the evening of the Gala with all proceeds benefitting the ongoing operations of River Oaks Square Arts Center. Your participation helps support and promote the importance of contemporary visual art and fine crafts in our community.
With the historic Bolton Home and grand Studio Annex Building, River Oaks provides economical studio space for working artists, educational programming for youth and adults as well as host over twenty exhibitions throughout the year featuring national, regional, local and resident artists. With over forty artists in residence, each "Star" participant has the opportunity to work with a mentor and a medium to his/her liking. The paired participants then begin their journey to creating an inspiring masterpiece. Van Gogh provides an excellent opportunity for community members to get involved in the arts while supporting a great cause.
2015 Day of the Dead
2016 The Mystical Macabre -Victorian Mysticism/Gothic
2017 A Gothic Evening on the Bayou
2018 Cirque de Van Gogh
2019 Gala Under the Stars - Celebrating 35 Years When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: River Oaks Grounds
Time: 7:00 until
Tickets: $65 per person (Participants receive two complimentary tickets)
Reserved Tables (Seat 10) - $750
Gala Under the Stars - Celebrating 35 Years and Vincent van Gogh
As soon as September rolls around, we receive our favorite question of the year....what is the theme for this year’s Van Gogh Gala? In order to create those coveted costumes, our revelers need to plan early. So without further ado, we are pleased to announce this year’s theme as we celebrate an evening with Vincent!
River Oaks is celebrating 35 years of creative arts and for almost as long, the Annual Van Gogh Gala has been the premier fundraiser for the organization. While the famous artist has always served as an inspiration for the event, it is only befitting to take that inspiration more literal during this milestone year.
Vincent Van Gogh, a life and death shrouded in mystery never fully explained. The artist himself is said to have had special talents - his creativity able to transcend time and space. A legendary artist whose spirit can be felt in places and around people of superior ability.
We are told, ladies and gentlemen, that Vincent Van Gogh’s spirit shall make an appearance at River Oaks Arts Center right after All Hallows Eve. On November the Second in the Year Two thousand and Nineteen when the crowds begin gathering at 6:30 in the evening, we fully expect a spectacle of unheard proportions. People may get pulled into the paintings themselves, or step out of them to mingle with the spectators.
Planning committees have worked tirelessly, inviting mediums and spirit whisperers to the phenomenon. Contemporaries of artists mingling with the inhabitants of Paris circa 1880, right before the electric light made an appearance on the scene. Join us for an evening of mystique and friendships accompanied by the spirits of the artists of days gone by.
Revelers are encouraged to help ring in this special presentation by donning garbs and accouterments reminiscent of their favorite artists. Dress as your favorite painting or look like your have simply stepped right out of one! And while Vincent Van Gogh certainly serves as the inspiration, we look forward to seeing the likes of Picasso, Kandinsky or Klimt frolic about while enjoying libations, refreshments and, of course, a live auction like no other.
“Van Gogh has become a huge event and in recent years, people loved the chance to dress up - it’s reminiscent of masquerade meets cosplay,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “For the 2019 Gala, guests are encouraged to evoke the spirit of Vincent Van Gogh, channeling his inspirational works for the evening’s festivities. Dressing as one of his famous paintings, arriving as Van Gogh himself, sunflower-patterned dinner jackets, sunflower corsage and matching boutonnieres maybe. Even if Vincent himself isn’t your cup of tea, we welcome paintings by any of your favorite artists. After all, we are celebrating all things art!”
Aside from colorful and creative costumes, the Annual Van Gogh Gala at River Oaks is known for its lively art auction where star artists from the community are paired up with mentor artists to produce their own masterpiece to be auctioned off. Local celebrities often work for months to produce a piece of art that will fetch hundreds and often thousands of dollars to raise money for the arts center.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, starting at 6:30pm. Tickets will be available at River Oaks or through a board member beginning mid- September. The Gala is sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center & Red River Bank. Also featured that evening is as silent auction featuring works by students from Our Lady of Prompt Succor School. The silent auction is sponsored by Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry.
For more information, contact River Oaks at 318-473-2670 or via their website at RiverOaksArtsCenter.com
What: Gala Under the Stars - Celebrating 35 Years and Vincent van Gogh
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 — 7 pm - until
Where: River Oaks Square Arts Center
Tickets: $65 per person / Reserved Tables $750 (seats ten/limited)
Sponsored by: Rapides Regional Medical Center & Red River Bank
OLPS Silent Auction sponsored by: Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry