“We are still reeling from the energy of it all”, says Terry Gerald, Manager of Operations at Angeles Gate Cultural Center.
On Saturday night, September 28, 2018 Angels Gate Cultural Center’s studio artists, other San Pedro artists, and staff members outdid not only themselves but all previous fundraiser efforts.
They transformed the two-story Building A into an exciting and joyful ─
Wake at the Gate: Cabinets of Curiosities – a Party by Artists for Artists and their Friends
─ our second fundraiser.
Every gallery upstairs and down was replete with original art that paid unique, sometimes jovial homage to early Victorian cabinets of curiosities ─ a room or several rooms that displayed for the education and entertainment of the untraveled, the amazing and peculiar items found in other lands.
And so it was a night of discovery and celebration as artists and their friends bounded through the exhibits – taking delight in the curiosities that had emerged in the works of each participating artist, i.e. Wendy Milner’s Cabinet of Exterminati of Legendary Lands.
Actually the entire building was a cabinet due to the unique and detailed work of artists: Susan Groetsh Davis, Michael Davis, Phoebe Barnum, Lowell Nickel, Ann Olsen Daub, Eugene Daub, Andrea Lien and dozens of other studio artists whose works which were created for this occasion sold at auction.
There were living curiosities too. Upstairs, Lou Mannick with his soprano wood-saw played soulful renditions of “At Last” and ‘til There Was You” to all those who ventured under Phoebe Barnum’s archway of ballerina sippers.
Nearby, you could also stop under the sign, Poems for Strangers, and get a few lines from writer Judith Blahnik, typed on a vintage Underwood.
Nearby still, a photo booth, well a lovely coffin really, where in Victorian style you could pose with mourners for a photo.
And wandering, a tall Master of Ceremonies, Michael Koger with microphone and dulcet Bluetooth speaker, who made important announcements and a creature, when least expected, sang a bit of an aria from Puccini.
Upstairs and down, drinks were plenty thanks to Brew Master James Brown and the San Pedro Brewing Co. and SMG Taverns. Appetizers – hearty and deserts -creamy were made and spectacularly served by Susan McKenna and Mikhuna Peruvian.
Weather permitted a gripping performance by fire dancers Sirena Serpentina to bring the evening to an end.
To all the artists who created this fundraiser, which doubled the proceeds from the previous WAKE, and to Executive Director Amy Eriksen and staff, who worked shoulder to shoulder with artists Wendy Milner Calloway, Susan Davis and Phoebe Barnum and friends to mount the event, we say thank you, thank you and congratulations.
If you missed it and want to be sure to hear about the next one, please email Terry Gerald at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her so.