The 2012 Winter Gala Art Show and Sale is set to kickoff Friday and Director of Development Rena Tibbits expects it to be something people won't soon forget.
Set for Friday and Saturday, the Art Show and Sale will also serve as a fundraiser for the clinic. It will feature art from the inaugural western art show and sale, juried by Anne Morand, curator of art at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Also featured will be living poet, veterinarian, writer and entertainer Baxter Black on Friday evening.
The awards ceremony from the art show and sale will be Friday evening, where $6,750 in prizes will be presented.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, there will be a VIP meet and greet wine reception with Black, a live auction featuring art from featured artist Mikel Donahue, 1/2 steer, a miniature horse, a twilight cruise on Lake Texoma with complimentary food and drink, four Michelin tires and many other items, and a silent auction featuring an autographed Christmas ornament from Blake Shelton.
Saturday, Morand will join Donna Howell-Sickles and Donahue for an art seminar called "Art in the 21st Century."
"We are fortunate to have three nationally recognized individuals presenting our Saturday art seminar," Tibbits said.
Speakers will address topics relating to the 21st century. Morand will discuss the museums in relationship to art, Howell-Sickles will discuss art as it relates to producing artists, private collectors and galleries, and Donahue will discuss his own works of art.
Donahue had over 30 years experience as an art director in advertising before pursuing his art career full-time. He and Howell-Sickles are nationally recognized artists participating in major national shows. Morand is a highly respected art scholar in the museum and art world, particularly for her knowledge in the preservation of western art.
The actual art show and sale will also be Saturday. Children and adults will have an opportunity to hear Chickasaw Storyteller Lori Robbins at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Chickasaw Nation Education Department will be on site to present the children's craft project — corn husk dolls. A holiday food fare will take place from noon until 1 p.m.
The art show and sale and Morand's art seminar will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Howell-Sickles discussion will begin at 10 a.m.
Donahue's demonstration and discussion will begin at 1 p.m.
All events will be at the Ardmore Convention Center, located at 2410 N. Rockford Rd.
Tickets for Friday night are $75 VIP, $45 General Admission and $25 for children (12 and under). Saturday's tickets will be $5 general admission and children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets purchased Friday night will be honored Saturday.
The goal of the gala is to continue to raise public awareness about the clinic on the local, state and national level while generating the $90,000 needed for operations and services. Good Shepherd offers services to low- to no-income people, and offers many services that some "free clinics" don't, such as dental and optical services.
The clinic will experience a reduction in traditional funding through foundation grants this year, and the gala will hopefully help fill the void left by a downturn in the economy.
To ask questions, or to purchase tickets, call the clinic at (580) 223-6315.