Musings of Light and Shadow at the SECCA Silhouette Gala May 2

Annual Fundraiser Supports Accessibility to
Contemporary Art and Valuable Educational Programming

"Contemporary art lovers will be gathering from across the area on Friday, May 2, 2014 for The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Silhouette Gala. The annual gala and fundraising event will be held in the main gallery of the museum – the only time of year when patrons get to dine surrounded by art. The evening includes a 6 p.m. cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner and live performances by U.N.C. School of the Arts dancers. Proceeds support the efforts by SECCA to enrich lives in the community and enliven thought through contemporary art while increasing its accessibility to diverse audiences.

With exhibitions changing seasonally, the annual gala is always uniquely responsive to the art on view. This year’s Silhouette Gala is inspired by the sophisticated humor and graphic tableaux of the current exhibition Eric Fertman: A Comic Turn. Playing with the idea of light and shadow, delicate lanterns will provide table illumination while dancers create a silhouetted performance to whimsical melodies. Everything from wardrobe and d├ęcor to a signature cocktail will reflect this striking yet exuberant theme. Longtime community members and arts supporters Nancy and Gordon Peterson are this year’s Silhouette Gala co-chairs.

As one of the evening’s main sponsors, Raffaldini Vineyards will be providing a selection of their fine handcrafted wines to guests. Kilpatrick Townsend is also sponsoring the event. Proceeds from the gala provide funding for the museum’s free public educational programs that include talks, films, musical performances, family activities, workshops and tours for school and community groups, as well as, sustaining the free admission to the vibrant exhibitions for all visitors. SECCA gratefully acknowledges Raffaldini Vineyards, Kilpatrick Townsend and the numerous table sponsors for their support of contemporary art and related educational programming.

“SECCA is fortunate to have such a devoted group of patrons and sponsors whose financial support helps ensure the continuation of first-rate exhibitions and valuable programming. More than ever, it is vital to engage community members in the life of the museum to ensure that future generations can enjoy the vitality of and learn from the creative efforts of artists worldwide,” says SECCA Director Mark Leach.

The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; black and white cocktail attire is encouraged. The colors salmon, ochre or hot pink are suggested as wardrobe accents. To reserve the most alluring seats in town, call 336.725.1904 or email Kristin Bell at

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive and is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours of operations and other information, visit Admission to SECCA is free."
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