FRESH & LOCAL! KALA’S 2015 SPRING GALA AND AUCTION
Thursday, April 9, 6–9 pm, Free admission
April 9 – April 25, 2015, Free admission
Saturday, April 25, 6:30–10 pm
VIP cocktail party at Meyer Sound, 6-7 pm
$75 in advance; $100 at the door;
$150 VIP: includes Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound
$250 Patron: two tickets and VIP Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound
Kala, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Tuesday – Friday, 12–5pm; Saturday, 12–4:30pm
Kala Art Institute announces FRESH & LOCAL!, its 2015 annual gala benefit auction to be held from 6:30-10:30 pm Saturday, April 25 at the Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. The auction — featuring over 100 works by Bay Area artists along with art-related services and treasures offered by local donors — provides vital support for Kala’s extensive array of artistic, cultural, and educational programs serving the East Bay community and beyond.
FRESH & LOCAL! opens with a preview party at the gallery from 6-9 pm Tuesday, April 9 followed by a two-week-long exhibition of the works on offer, enabling early birds to view the auction items in advance and make pre-emptive bids.
Participating artists include Val Britton, Sofia Cordova, Naomie Kremer, Hung Liu, Kara Maria, Jim Melchert, Richard Misrach, Susan O’Malley, Francesca Pastine, James Sterling Pitt, Ann Weber, and more.
Tickets for the gala auction on the night of Saturday, April 25 include a bid number for both live and silent auctions, sumptuous food, copious wine, and live music along with a dazzling variety of art work for every taste and budget. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre-auction cocktail party at Meyer Sound’s impressive headquarters next door to the Kala Gallery.
Malcolm Margolin, community visionary and founder of Berkeley-based Heyday Books, will host the auction as Honorary Chair. Celebrity chef Narsai David will return as Master of Ceremonies. Artists Kim Anno and Don and Era Farnsworth will be honored as the 2015 recipients of Kala Master Artist Award, joining previous honorees Emmanuel Montoya, Richard Shaw, Katherine Sherwood, Livia Stein, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Jim Melchert, Hung Liu, Deborah Oropallo, Enrique Chagoya, and Rupert Garcia.
Proceeds from FRESH AND LOCAL! support the educational and cultural programming of Kala Art Institute, a non-profit arts organization located inWest Berkeley. Kala Art Institute is dedicated to helping artists sustain their creative work over time through residency programs, exhibitions, classes, workshops, and innovative art outreach in public schools.
Now in its 41st year, Kala has grown from its early days in a tiny garage studio with one etching press and a single hot plate to its current 15,200 square foot art making facility with studios and a gallery in the historic Heinz Building. Its mission remains the same: to be a thriving, creative hub for artists and to provide engaging, artistic public programming now and into the future.
Tickets for Kala’s FRESH AND LOCAL! auction are available now at www.kala.org or by calling Kala at 510-841-7000. A more complete list of artists, with images and information about the art and additional auction items, will be available on the Kala website by March 15, 2015.
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