24 Oct SOLD OUT CANVAS ART GALA SETS THE STAGE FOR SECOND ANNUAL OUTDOOR MUSEUM SHOW
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 24, 2016) — A crowd of more than 300 art enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites attended the exclusive gala and after-party for CANVAS, the outdoor museum show, that is gearing up for its second year using Downtown West Palm Beach as it’s “cultural canvas” on November 11-20. Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, a sit-down dinner from Wellington Hospitality Group, a silent auction presented by Paddle8, and a live auction led by the renowned auctioneer, Justin Swisher. The party took place October 22 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach – even the location was highly creative! Proceeds from the event benefit CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.
The evening was co-chaired by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford, and Chris Leavitt, of Million Dollar Listing fame. DJ Adam Lipson kept the energy upbeat throughout the night with special performances by Sean’s Dance Factory and four-time Grammy nominee, Ja Rule. Guests mixed and mingled with CANVAS artists including Griffin Loop, Brendan Murphy Ruben Ubiera, and Zeus. Other notable guests included Elin Nordegren, Wyatt Koch, Jim and Diane Perrella, Joe and Andrea Amato, Beau Wrigley, Laura Andrassy, Chris Asplundh Jr., Kenn Karakul, Tommy Morrison, Keith Spina, Christian Angle, and Lori Stoll.
The competition was fierce during the live auction as guests had the chance to bid on sought after items including a Cuba Experience trip hosted by CANVAS founder, Nicole Henry; a one-week lease of the newest, sleekest, Aston Martin; a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby; and tickets for two to Hamilton and five-star accommodations at The Plaza Hotel, just to name a few of the outstanding items available for bid. Ja Rule went home with a one-of-a-kind original painting by Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, part of the 2016 official CANVAS artist lineup.
“I am so grateful for everyone who attended and graciously donated to this important cause,” said Nicole Henry, founder, and curator of CANVAS. “Through their generosity and sponsorships, we will be able to create a curated show filled with visionary masterpieces that will broaden the mind and inspire creative excellence. I can’t wait to show you what these internationally acclaimed artists will bring to our city.”
Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will transform Downtown West Palm Beach on November 11-20, 2016. Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The green space will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. Artists from across the globe will create monumental installations and murals in the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, and Installation Park, part of the multi-phase project launching this November. Similar to last year, there will be a menu of exciting free and ticketed events as we celebrate the annual exhibition.