NORMAN — The hippest, grooviest, moddest party is taking place during The ONE Event, Norman Arts Council’s annual fundraiser slated for 7-11 p.m. March 29 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St.
“It’s going to be a really fun party,” NAC Executive Director Erinn Gavaghan said. “We work hard to make it not seem like it’s a fundraiser.”
The gallery space will be transformed into a chrome edifice reflecting the “Andy Warhol’s Factory” theme for 2014. DJ Timmy B will be providing the musical vibe that’s sure to include plenty of Lou Reed, Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground.
“We hope to raise at least $2,300,” Gavaghan said. “All proceeds will be used to support our operations, salaries, rent and utilities. It keeps us going and allows us to support the rest of the arts in Norman.”
Food will be catered by “Norman’s hippest restaurants” and the bar will be open. Ticket purchasing patrons are encouraged to attend in groovy attire suitable to the Warhol Factory uproar that stretched from 1962 to 1984.
“We’ll be doing awards for best-dressed,” Gavaghan said.
There will be an “itty bitty teeny weenie” art raffle conducted during the party. Local artists confined to a six inch by six inch format will have created work that patrons may vie for.
“It’s a blind raffle and people may indicate the pieces they hope to win,” she said.
The third annual “Chair-ity Auction” will be another chance for benefactors to purchase special seat-inspired designs from utilitarian to purely decorative.
“These will range from two dimensional works on paper to small sculptures,” Gavaghan said.
An auction for personal experiences such as a McNellie’s Pub beer tasting and Mariposa Coffee Roastery party will also be up for grabs to the highest bidder.
It’s no secret that state funding for the arts is under close scrutiny by the Oklahoma legislature this year. Gavaghan said support is needed from national, state, community and private sources to maintain many arts programs.