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2019 Gala at The Arts Center of the Capital Region

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region will host its annual Gala on May 15, marking 20 years since the grand opening of its six-building headquarters on Monument Square in downtown Troy.

This year's Gala will be a cabaret-themed cocktail party, with an open bar and "heavy" hors d'oeuvres presented by six downtown restaurants: The Shop, Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen, Slidin’ Dirty, Plumb Oyster Bar, Peck’s Arcade, Nighthawks, and The Cookie Factory will provide dessert treats.

Gala guests are encouraged to dress to the theme in "Creative Cocktail" wear, a style that fits in with the contemporary art surrounding them.

During a brief ceremony, the Arts Center will present its fourth annual Creative Spirit Award to Charmaine Ushkow, director of community engagement at the Times Union.

Entertainment will include music by DJ Trumastr and a surprise choreographed show, produced by one of the Arts Center instructors, happening several times during the evening. 

The Gala is the first opportunity for the public to view the Fence Show, the Arts Center's member-only salon-style show which is the largest exhibition of local artists in The Capital Region. The juried show, which features floor to ceiling artwork, includes about 450 pieces by 250 local artists who are all members of the Arts Center. From the Fence Show, 75 pieces are chosen to appear in the Fence Select. Gala guests will be the first see the judges' selections and awards.

There will also be a silent auction. 

The Gala typically draws more than 200 guests. There will be valet parking at the front entrance.


Tickets and a full list of sponsors are available now online at:

Pricing is as follows:

  • Honorary Committee Ticket $250
  • General Admission $150
  • Members Only Admission* $125

*Please call Nicole Peterson at 518-273-0552 x 226 for members pricing or if you prefer to order by phone.

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