As an art and culture enthusiast, I was in before the last word was said. What I didn’t know was that this museum would introduce me to another side of the coin: art galas and auctions. If you are like me, my only experiences with these particular types of events have been on the screen.
There are questions you ask yourself when preparing for an art gala:
I went with the creative. I decided if I am going to attend an event with people that love art I might as well look the part. I put together a colorful outfit from my closet (see below) and decided that people will either love it or hate it, but as long as I love it; then there’s no problem. I walked into the event and at first I felt so out of place, I was one of the 5 people that were not dressed head to toe in black. I immediately thought that I should have read some guidelines on the Do’s and Don’ts of art galas (I mean they must exist somewhere!). However, as the night progressed the room filled with color and my outfit was repeatedly complimented.
As we toured the gala, I was tasked to take control of the Museum’s Snapchat account. It was an interesting responsibility to hold; however, the art being coolest part made it a breeze. Every piece was different and interesting; the gala was filled with art lovers and the artist of the works themselves. MOCA GA focuses on promoting Georgia grown artists and trying to build the Atlanta art community.
As the night continued, the drinks and conversations were flowing. Then with a shift in the air, we settled in our seats and out of the corner of my eye I spotted Usher walking into the building (welcome to Atlanta). Grace Raymond, his wife, is a member of the board and supports the MOCA GA mission of keeping Atlanta artists in Atlanta. Not too long after they came in, the Live Auction started, the auction was interesting to watch. It was fascinating seeing which pieces were selected and which didn’t sell.
Towards the end of the night, the pieces were coming off the wall, the food was gone and the bartenders were closing up shop. The attendees were exchanging their hard earned cash to adorn their walls with beautiful pieces of art; the museum was able to raise money for their next year of funding. I left excited with the feeling that one day, I too, will be raising my paddle to take home a coveted piece of art.
We also couldn’t leave without snapping a picture with Usher!
Thank you for your kind graces.
Three women going through life.