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Pelham Art Center 50th Anniversary Virtual Gala Friday, November 6th

Pelham Art Center will host a virtual gala commemorating its 50th anniversary Friday, November 6th at 8:00PM. The VISIONS 2020 livestream will celebrate the organization’s 50-year history with musical performances, legacy awards, performance art, an online auction, and more! Join the Pelham Art Center and Event Producer Stephen Byfield for a semicentennial celebration on Friday, November 6th at 8:00PM! 

Originally planned for March 2020, Pelham Art Center’s anniversary gala was suddenly cancelled in proactive response to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin remarked, “With the support of our community, Pelham Art Center has made it through the initial impact of the pandemic. For 50 years, the Art Center has thrived thanks to the generosity and dedication of countless supporters who understand the importance of art. We are determined to recover from the financial impact of coronavirus and raise money to stabilize the Art Center facility for the future. Join us in the livestream to support the arts, honor our awardees, and celebrate our incredible 50-year legacy!”

The VISIONS 2020 experience is hosted online at Visions2020.givesmart.com. Starting November 1st, bid on artwork, experiences, and luxury items in the online auction, and pledge donations. Auction closes November 10th at 9:00PM. All proceeds from the event support Pelham Art Center’s programs including exhibitions, outreach initiatives, and scholarship funds. 

The evening will begin with the debut of “Pelham Art Center: 50 Years,” a short film produced by Jim Gregware, who calls Pelham home. Then enjoy a special program including performances by renowned jazz guitarist Fabrizio Sotti, local favorite Warren Banholzer, and indie singer-songwriter Allison Leah. The livestream party continues with an “afterparty” set by DJ Stephen Byfield!

Auction highlights include a black diamond necklace from La Gravinese Jewelers, White + Warren cashmere collection, custom wine selection curated by Stone Barn Cellar sommelier, and more! Art collecting opportunities in the VISIONS 2020 auction include art pieces by Nicky Enright, Kate Fauvell, Charles Fazzino, Paul Michael Graves, Anki King, Valeri Larko, Barry Mason, and more. 

Legacy Awards will be presented to twelve individuals, recognizing their impact on the founding and development of Pelham Art Center.  Peggy Nicholson, Clue Noble, Barbara Bratone, Alexi Rutsch Brock, Nancy Warner, Candace Taubner, Kathy Rutsch, Bridget Bettke, Susan Nathenson, Diana Reische, Camille Romita, and Annette Candido will be honored for their visionary achievements and contributions throughout the organization’s 50 year history.

VISIONS 2020 Honorary Event Chairs: Andrea Archibald, Barbara Bratone, Sona Davidian, Nancy Davis, Nina Diefenbach, Missy Fink, Paisley Kelling, Terry Martell, Susan Nathenson, Peggy Nicholson, Clue Noble, Anna Riehl, Diana Reische, Carla Romita, Candace Taubner, Nancy Warner

Gala Committee: Nandini Anandu, Jennifer Bland, Annette Candido, Paula McKeever, Jill Orlando, Ann Marie Pitkin, KD Wilson

Pelham Art Center thanks VISIONS 2020 sponsors: McClellan Sotheby’s, Meridian Risk Management, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Bischof & Bischof LLP, UBS, Stiefvater Real Estate, Inc., Westchester Collision & Recovery, D. Ragno Landscaping, Symmetry Fitness, Rockwells, Maria Italian Restaurant.
Pelham Art Center is accepting sponsors to contribute video messages to the gala livestream (Deadline October 15). 

Pelham Art Center is a non-profit educational and cultural institution committed to providing public access to see, study and experience the arts, foster lifelong arts appreciation and thereby strengthen the community.  The Art Center was founded in 1970 and now serves more than 16,000 people each year. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Community Foundation; Strypemonde Foundation, Robert Goelet Foundation, The Junior League of Pelham, The Town of Pelham, Golden Paints, and Annual Fund Donors.
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