We are going to be closed to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 3, 4, and 5th. However, we will be here! Our annual Gala is this Saturday, and we need the whole three-day weekend to prep, to party, and to clean it up.
Gala preparation actually started months ago, with committees asking for auction item donations, shopping for big-ticket auction items, planning menus and decorations and party favors... but this week, we ramp up into high gear. Before Thanksgiving, we cleared the lower level galleries of art and put up category signs, and then put out tables for silent auction.
Today, Monday, we are starting silent auction display in those galleries, and clearing art out of the Stairwell Gallery. Not to worry, though: we still have plenty to see in all of our permanent collection galleries. Volunteers and staff are busily gathering all of the auction items into one place, working on decorations (Mandy and Angie outdo themselves every year, it seems), and coordinating everyone from caterers to florists and the Guild ladies who host the auction preview party. It's a hectic week, and an important one for us.