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The Black & White Ball
Helen Day Art Center's 27th Annual Benefit

An Elegant evening of Chance.
April 9, 2016
Stowe Mountain Lodge, 5pm

black tie optional

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2016 Gala pinterestOur 2016 Gala promises to be an elegant and exciting evening. We will continue our tradition of Live and Silent Auctions that offer sought-after and exclusive items and experiences, as well as our Art Auction featuring renown artists for which the Art Center has become known.

In addition to the auctions, this year you will be able to roll the dice, both figuratively and literally at a handful casino tables which will feature a number of coveted “High Roller" prizes. 

This is your chance to get dolled up in your finest attire, and we invite guests to dress on theme in black and white. The annual Helen Day Gala continues to be the premiere event in Stowe that showcases our community’s love of the arts and sophisticated culture.  

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Live Music by House Red!

10616216 10152757721542975 4486960504984842415 nHouse Red is the band that will be bringng the house down... House Red plays dance music ranging from classic funk, soul, and rock and roll to modern day pop. The band features Nashville based singer and songwriter Ingrid Andress, Czech prodigy import Jiri Nedoma and singer sax player, Annie Sklar . Andress is signed with Sea-Gayle publishing and tours with the acapella group Deliha that was featured on NBC's "The Sing Off.” Nedoma is a highly sought-after pianist, keyboardist, and arranger who blends jazz, classical, R&B, and gospel into his own personal musical language. He has won numerous awards in Europe and the US, collaborated with Grammy Award winners, and played at well-known venues and festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Sklar was brought up in the Mad River Valley and is now on the staff at The University of Northern Colorado School of Music. House Red Link0 spacer

Our Auctioneer will be John Nye!

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At Nye & Company, what you like is all you need to know. Knowledgeable, helpful staff members, as well as nationally-known experts, work together to find the antiques and collectibles that will become your children's heirlooms, all within your budget.

Nye is a specialist and can be seen on PBS's Antiques Road Show. He is a member of the Friends of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Decorative Arts Trust and Co-Chair of Friends of Collections at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and frequently lectures on various topics in the field of Americana. He is also an architecture enthusiast, an avid outdoorsman, and retreats to the Adirondacks to hunt and fish. He and his wife Kathleen have three children and reside in South Orange, New Jersey. John Nye, Auctioneer

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Photography by Erica Allen

erica-allenI was born in Southern Vermont, to a mother who could find a treasure at any flea market and a father who turned hats out of wood. Creating seemed inevitable in my family, remarkable or not, we all, my three siblings included, derived pleasure from the process. Whether giving birth to my daughters, Francis and Coco, returning to my Vermont roots after 10 years in NYC or capturing a moment in time through a lens, life is about moving forward to become better and to create along the way. The power of a camera and the eternity of a photo, allow us to hold onto time. Today I find my inspiration from youth and food. They go hand and hand I suppose.

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Featured Artwork

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Dusty Boynton's "Family Outing" will be our featured Live Auction artwork and her piece "Not Fully Committed" will be part of our Silent Auction.0 spacer

Art Auction Gallery
Here's a sneak peek at some of the art that will be available in this year's auction!

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A big thank you to all of our sponsors

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