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Glitzburgh at the Carnegie Museum -> Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art: A Benefit for the Persad Center

12 May

On Monday, May 10th, the Persad Center of Pittsburgh hosted their annual art benefit “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

This event featured 200+ local, regional, and even international artists, live and silent auctions, and fabulous hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Dinner was buffet-style and included delicious gourmet food ranging from from local restaurants and bistros to chains such as PF Chang’s.

The crowd was ever-diverse and included businessmen, doctors, philanthropists, art students, drag queens, the transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, gay community, art collectors, devoted volunteers, bloggers, media, and the local avant garde circle. There literally was something for everyone – food, art, and beverages for every taste! Guests could enjoy wine, whiskey, soda, or lattes, and could munch on ravioli, salad, rice, or salmon rolls. The art ranged from Andy Warhol-esque paintings like the “Mums” print to glass-blown vases and still-life photography. There were tastefully done nudes, a plant-woman, a brass marionette, and many abstract pieces. There were pastoral works, watercolors, and nautical-themed works, ethnic and tribal pieces, and other works with more of a pop art flair.

Glitz and glam melded with class and culture, and every intersection was met with grace and poise. This was an event free of judgement and full of welcoming, and hope. It truly was an evening of celebrating art, and celebrating life. I hope to be able to attend next year, and I hope that the Persad Center was able to raise lots of money this year for their wonderful cause.

Thank you to the Persad Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art for a lovely evening….and especially to Kristen Hawley, who, I looked for all night, but, was unable to connect with! (A testament to the vast number of guests and the large crowd that this esteemed event drew! Kudos!)

Cheers to a successful evening!

Check out some of my photos from the event, below!

Some Super-cool Happenings in Pittsburgh! The Burgh Blast, TypeWriter Girls, Asian Film Festival, Arthritis Walk at Kennywood, Mother’s Day, Persad Art Auction, Race for a Cure and More!

7 May

TONITE – May 7th, 2010 – The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host the Burgh Blast from 7pm-11pm featuring the music of No Bad Juju, hairstyles by Izazu Salon, an appearance by Pittsburgh rock legend Donnie Iris, refreshments from Rita’s Italian Ice, the Pittsburgh Yinz! Play exhibit, museum exhibits, and more! Please note: tickets are for the 21+ crowd only and are $60 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Visit their website for more details: http://www.pittsburghkids.org/tickets or email blast@pittsburghkids.org

Tonight is also the 5th Annual Asian American Film Festival at Pittsburgh Harris Theater. Silk Screen will be showing approximately 20 films from Asia and it will be sure to feature exotic locales and beautiful scenery! Visit www.silkscreenfestival.org for details!

Also tonight – The TypeWriter Girls Go Green! The TypeWriter Girls Avant Garde Poetry Cabaret perform one of their “infamous” spoken poetry sessions with a “go green” theme to benefit the Landslide Community Farm in honor of World Environment Day. The event is at Istanbul on Butler Street in Pittsburgh, at 7:30. Cost is donation-based with a minimum of $7 being accepted at the door. For more information, click here.

TOMORROW – May 8th, 2010 – Arthritis Foundation of Western PA hosts a 5K Arthritis Walk, Wellness and Juvenile Arthritis Family Fun Day at Kennywood Park! Get more info here -> http://WpaArthritisWalk.kintera.org or visit their website at http://westernpennsylvania.arthritis.org

Also – Don’t forget – Sunday is Mother’s Day! So happy Mother’s Day weekend to all! Be sure to tell YOUR mom or mother-figure how much SHE means to YOU! Also, don’t forget it’s also the 18th Annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for a Cure to benefit breast cancer awareness! Here’s their website for more information: http://www.pittsburghraceforthecure.org/

Last but not least – Monday, May 10th, 2010 – The Persad Center of Pittsburgh hosts its annual, “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” event at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland. This art auction will be featuring works from 200 regional, national and international artists and is sure to be a can’t-miss event benefitting the worth cause of the Persad Center.

Get out there, Pittsburgh, and enjoy yourself!

On a personal note, this weekend is special to me – happy 50th Birthday to my Dad (May 8th) and ALSO Happy College Graduation to my brother Ryan on May 8th, as well!  And OF COURSE a Happy Mother’s Day to my MOMMY, Nana, and Grandma, as well!  ❤  xoxo

Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life! Persad Center Patron Party and Art Auction

20 Apr

Pittsburgh, do you know about the Persad Center?

The Persad Center is our nation’s 2nd oldest licensed counseling center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, and Pittsburgh is lucky enough to have them right here in our community.

Aside from the cause that they support, they host wonderful events in Pittsburgh for the entire community to enjoy!

If you’re an art lover, you surely won’t want to miss their initiative, Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life!

This past Saturday, April 17th, the Persad Center hosted the Patron Party at the brand-new August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Patron Party, was a reception for approximately 500 artists and special contributors. Sponsors and special guests were lucky enough to be able to preview  a selection of artwork and enjoy dinner and cocktails at this distinctive event.  This event attracted a diverse crowd including business and community leaders, regional artists, and professionals of all ages. The Persad Center hopes that the May 10th  “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” 2010 Auction and Benefit will do the same.

Stay tuned to learn more about the May event – for now, enjoy photos from the Persad Patron Party, here:

http://www.persadevents.org/patron_party_pix.html

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