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Gala Nouveau

Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the exciting
opportunities available at Gala Nouveau.


Peter Sheesley

Unique Commissioned Oil Painting of Your Pet
by Artist Peter Sheesley
Artist Peter Sheesley of Peter Sheesley Portraits will paint a portrait based on a photograph of your beloved pet(s). The image can include up to two animals. The finished painting may be as large as 24 inches wide and 30 inches tall. Click here for examples of Peter Sheesley’s artwork.


Jeremy Mangan

Sky Hut by Jeremy Mangan
Sky Hut marks the departure point for the entire arc of Jeremy Mangan's work over the last 4 years. Created in 2008 and held back as a part of the artist’s personal collection until now, this piece prefigures his visual investigation into the structures we create for ourselves in the natural world, and their often odd and fascinating results. Sky Hut measures 6 x 9 inches, is made from graphite and acrylic on brown paper, and is professionally framed with archival materials.


Ruby Springs

Ruby Springs Lodge Guided Fishing Adventure
The purest of river water. Snow-studded mountains. The silent rise of an unseen wild trout. Quiet camaraderie at the end of another perfect day on the water...
The Ruby Springs Lodge Guided Fishing Adventure package is all-inclusive and includes three nights and two days of guided fishing for you and a friend. The package includes guided fishing, private accommodations, food, wine, a fully stocked bar, and use of flies and equipment.


Chihuly Boat House

Chihuly Boathouse Tour and Lunch for
Four at Ivar’s Salmon House
You and three guests have the opportunity to tour the Chihuly Boathouse. The Boathouse is a private, working facility that is closed to the public, making this tour a rare and unique opportunity for guests. The Boathouse sits on scenic Lake Union in Seattle and is home to the hotshop of world renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. The facility features magnificent collections of Northwest baskets and American Indian trade blankets. Guests will also have the opportunity to view Chihuly’s unique lap pool and his beautiful saltwater aquarium. Visitors may also watch the Chihuly team of glass blowers create artwork in the Studio environment. Following the tour, lunch for four at Ivar’s Salmon House, located next door, will be provided up to $100.


Eric Carle

Eric Carle Experience and Original Illustration
Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable and will be coming to Tacoma Art Museum in his Spring 2013 exhibition Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle. This is your opportunity to own an original Eric Carle illustration and to join Director of Tacoma Art Museum, Stephanie Stebich, in the spring to meet the artist! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to own an original Eric Carle illustration, meet and have a photo taken with the artist, and preview
the exhibition before it opens, which includes a remarkable variety of
paintings, cultures, and personal sketches that Eric Carle has been making privately for more than 60 years.


Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass VIP Package
and Dinner at Tom Douglas’ Cuoco Restaurant
You and three friends will enjoy all that the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition has to offer! In the Exhibition Hall, Glasshouse and Garden, you’ll view a presentation of Dale Chihuly’s significant series of work including the suspended Glasshouse Sculpture. Stroll through the Garden day or night and enjoy the installations juxtaposed with the natural environment. Enjoy the dishes in the Collection Café as you’re surrounded by Chihuly’s personal collections. You will also receive two exhibition catalogues signed by Chihuly.
Click here for more information about Chihuly Garden and Glass.

After you visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition, enjoy a wonderful dinner at Tom Douglas’ Restaurant, Cuoco, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. “Cuoco” is the Italian work for “cook” and the inspiration for showing off chefs as they work in an open kitchen. The restaurant features fresh pastas, savory vegetable dishes, and other hearty entrees created by Tom Douglas’ newest chef, Stuart Lane. Buon appetito!
Click here for more information about Cuoco in Seattle.


I Dreamed of Africa

“I Dreamed of Africa” Photo Safari for Two
Experience the magic of South Africa with this six day, six night luxury accommodation package for two people. Located in Hluhluwe near the eastern coast of South Africa, Zulu Nyala is a private game reserve providing an authentic and unforgettable experience of the African bush in the heart of South Africa’s most diverse wildlife conservation regions. This all-inclusive package includes a Photo Safari package for two people, including six days and six nights lodging, two guided Open Land Rover game viewing activities daily, and three full meals daily.


Virna Haffer Virna Haffer  

Virna Haffer Original Prints
One of the most inventive Northwest artists of her time, Virna Haffer was an internationally recognized and respected Tacoma photographer who has slipped from both regional and national art history books. In 2011, Tacoma Art Museum uncovered her innovative work through the exhibition A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer.

Two original Virna Haffer prints up for auction include:
• Untitled (Door Series), circa 1963, vintage silver print,
studio stamp, verso, 20 x 16 inches.
• Along Twelfth Ave (Tacoma) circa 1963, vintagve silver print,
signed verso, 20 x 16 inches.

Virna Haffer's door series was prominently featured in the Tacoma News Tribune and Sunday Ledger Magazine on July 26, 1964. Don’t pass this opportunity to collect two pieces of Tacoma History from this local and pioneering artist.


La Quinta

Three-Night Stay at Legacy Villas in La Quinta, California
Enjoy a four-day, three-night extended weekend at the Legacy Villas Condo of William and Lisa Holderman in La Quinta, California. South of Palm Springs, La Quinta is known as America’s ultimate golfing destination. Legacy Villas' 11,000 square foot clubhouse includes La Quinta Legacy Grill, state-of-the-art fitness facility, adult pool and spa, family pool, spa and play area, lap pool, poolside cabanas, hammock garden, activity lawn, meeting rooms and outdoor fireplaces. Package also includes dinner for two at Twenty6 Restaurant, at neighboring La Quinta Resort.


William Cumming

Dancer by William Cumming

William Cumming (Born Kalispell, Montana, 1917; Died Seattle, Washington, 2010) was primarily a self-taught painter. He briefly attended the Northwest Academy of Art in Seattle and took some correspondence courses, but he learned mainly through observation, practice, and critiques from fellow artists. He worked as a commercial illustrator and then as an art and music reviewer for Seattle’s Town Crier before being hired for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project, where he met the artist Morris Graves who in turn introduced him to a number of other Seattle artists. Cumming had his first solo exhibition at Seattle Art Museum in 1941. In the 1950s he began actively teaching, painting, and exhibiting again, including a second solo exhibition at Seattle Art Museum in 1961. He went on to exhibit in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work can be found in public, private, and museum collections throughout the region.


Wine Bottle

One-of-a-Kind, Hand-Etched, Painted Wine Bottle

To celebrate and commemorate the major donation by Erivan and Helga Haub and family of 280 major works of American Western Art along with a contribution for a new 15,000 square foot gallery and lobby expansion to house the collection, and endowment funds for the care of the collection, Tacoma Art Museum has created a one-of-a-kind, hand-etched, painted wine bottle. The 3.0 Liter bottle (known as a Jeroboam or double magnum) features the image of Thomas Moran’s Green River, Wyoming, one of the promised gifts of the collection. The artwork was etched onto the bottle and then hand-painted by Fresh Northwest Design and features a 2009 Leonetti Cellars Merlot.


Thank you to our
Gala Nouveau Sponsors:

Generous contributions by these sponsors make this event possible.

Presenting Sponsor:
Le Commanditaire Presentateur

Platinum Sponsors:
Commanditaire Platine


Gold Sponsors:
Commanditaire D'or

Brantly, Janson, Yost, & Ellison
Bruce Titus Automotive Group
Columbia Bank
Davies Pearson
Gordon Thomas Honeywell
Moss Adams
Olympic Eagle Distributing
Propel Insurance
Tacoma Valley Radiation
Union Bank

Silver Sponsors:
Commanditaire Argent

Sprague Pest Solutions
Doty, Beardsley, Rosengren & Co., P.S.

For sponsorship opportunities at Gala Nouveau can be found here or by contacting Caitlin Chaffee at 253.272.4258 x3057 or cchaffee@tacomaartmuseum.org.

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