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Phoenix Art Museum hosts Sapphire Gala at The pARTy in the Garden this April

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Above are the pARTy committee with the Phoenix Art Museum. They are Donald C. Opatrny, Jr., chair of the board of trustees; Judith Opatrny, Michele Feeney, Trustee; and Matthew Feeney. (Photo: Airi Katsuta/Phoenix Art Museum)
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Staff Reports | Free Press Philanthropy

The Phoenix Art Museum is announcing the 65th anniversary Sapphire Gala at The pARTy in the Garden, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 13.

Following the gala, the public is invited to continue the celebration at The Pink afterpARTy for a special museum-after-dark experience, event organizers tell Free Press Philanthropy.

Featuring an exclusive inside look at the Phoenix Art Museum’s newest major art exhibitions, along with fine food, custom cocktails, dinner under the stars, dancing and more, The pARTy in the Garden and The Pink afterpARTy is set to play an essential role in supporting the museum’s exhibitions and arts education programs, event organizers say.

The pARTy in the Garden starts at 6 p.m., and festivities will begin with a cocktail hour and the enchanting melodies of acclaimed Valley vocalist and pianist Luke Holton.

Patrons of the event will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to be the first to view the Arizona premiere of Multiple Realities Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s -1980s. Known for its edgier, more experimental artwork, the exhibition uncovers how a generation of artists from the Cold War period pursued creative freedom and battled systems of censorship that sought to surveil and silence them.

At 7:30 p.m., attendees will dine under the stars in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, the first time the dinner has been hosted outdoors, and will enjoy a soulful French swing and jazz performance by Arizona-based Zazu West.

Above are the AfterpARTy committee with the Phoenix Art Museum. They are Ben Himmelstein; Lisa Bienstock, DDS; Vanessa Ruiz; and Sam Alpert. (Photo: Airi Katsuta/Phoenix Art Museum)
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Following the gala, pARTy guests and those who purchase tickets to The Pink afterpARTy are invited to continue the celebration in Cummings Great Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for afterpARTy guests to check in.)

During this late-night, “museum-after-dark experience,” attendees will enjoy music by DJ Yeezus, late-night snacks, pink-themed desserts including cotton candy and craft cocktails included with the ticket cost.

Guests will also enjoy unlimited, private access to Barbie: A Cultural Icon and its complementary exhibition, The Power of Pink, drawn largely from the museum’s expansive fashion-design collection and features haute-couture fashions such as Post Malone’s 2019 GRAMMY ensemble.

Evening cocktail attire with a pop of pink and/or sapphire is requested for pARTy goers. For The afterpARTy, the public is invited to dress to impress in their finest fuchsias or arrive blushed to the nines. Complimentary valet parking will be provided for both events.

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