Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Host Annual Winter Gala in Celebration of Van Gogh Up Close

Enjoy world-class art while sipping on cocktails at the black tie affair benefiting the Young Friends’ support of art acquisition, education, conservation and special projects.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
7PM – Midnight
Philadelphia PA

The black-tie reception, is a much-anticipated annual event, will hold sway in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall and guests will have the opportunity to stroll and mingle in the Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries that contain the exhibition of van Gogh masterworks gathered together from around the world. All proceeds from the Winter Gala support the Museum’s art acquisitions, education programs, conservation initiatives, and special projects.

Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Host Annual Winter Gala in Celebration of Van Gogh Up Close

At 7:00 p.m., the evening will begin with a pre-gala V.I.P. reception and tour of the exhibition. Guests will receive a special gift bag including products by Suuthe, Clarins, and Metropolitan Bakery, and have access to a V.I.P. lounge decorated by Saks Fifth Avenue.

At 8:00 p.m. the main gala kicks off. Music will fill the Great Stair Hall as guests take to the dance floor.  Between turns, guests may place bids in a silent auction featuring a diamond beaded rope bracelet from the Derby collection by LAGOS and test their luck on raffle prizes including a helicopter ride, ballet tickets, circus school classes, and a dinner cruise.

Winter Gala Co-Chairs

Nicole Johnson
Julia Sherwood Murphy

Winter Gala Subcommittee Chairs

Yulia Foster
Gabriela Guaracao
Reba Kline
Aaron Pernat
Mark Pfeifer
Gregory Seitter
Lauren St. Clair Lynch

Young Friends Executive Board Co-Chairs

Tiffany Birkholz
R. Charles Waring

Van Gogh Up Close presents some of the artist’s most daring and innovative still lifes and landscapes that have never been seen together and contributed to altering the course of modern painting. The exhibition features 46 paintings van Gogh made in Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Auvers that concentrate on “close-ups” of flowers, trees, open fields, forest interiors, and countryside vistas.

In honor of van Gogh’s passion for nature and exuberant color palette, a floral décor by Teleflora will transform the Museum’s Great Stair HallSTARR Catering will offer libations including a specialty blood orange cosmopolitan comprised of Vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and blood orange puree, as well sumptuous appetizers.

$175 per person
 $125 per Young Friends member
 $150 per person for groups of four or more people
 $275 per person
 $225 per Young Friends member

About The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Young Friends is a premier group of art lovers, ages 21 and over, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through a variety of engaging social events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the Museum and its world-renowned collections, these members are the next generation in the Philadelphia area supporting arts and culture.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

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