Kudos to the Museum of Glass for raising over $630,000 at its Annual Red Hot Party & Auction, and for awarding $20,000 to outstanding artists! More than 300 artists and art lovers attended Red Hot, MOG’s big annual fundraiser – and 10th birthday party – that took place in September. The bidding was hot and heavy during the live and silent auctions which featured 114 works of glass art, plus a slew of wine packages, jewelry art and “experiences.” The event raised more than $630,000 to support the Museum’s exhibition, education and visiting artist programs.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the donors, friends and artists who support Museum of Glass,” stated Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner. “The funds we raised from this fabulous event will help us build on our success by embracing a bold strategy for innovation for the next decade and beyond. Cheers to the next 10 years at MOG!”
An evening highlight was the first-ever after party in the hot shop, featuring Dale Chihuly. Chihuly, along with artists Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace and James Mongrain, provided live theater by creating a “Soft Cylinder” for Red Hot nightowls. The piece was auctioned off the pipe with proceeds benefiting the museum.
In recognition of the museum’s 10th anniversary, the guest tables featured centerpieces of limited-edition liquor decanters stamped with a commemorative medallion made by the hot shop team. Each decanter was filled, appropriately, with Glass Vodka provided by Ian MacNeil of Seattle’s Glass Distillery.
Red Hot 2012 once again featured a juried art auction. Jurors included independent curator Margery Aronson; Linda Tesner, director and curator of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College; and Patricia Watkinson, retired executive director of Pilchuck Glass School. The judges evaluated the artwork and awarded the Red Hot 2012 Artist Grand Prize to Armelle Bouchet O’Neill from Seattle. Bouchet O’Neill earned a $10,000 cash prize and a week-long Visiting Artist Residency in the museum’s hot shop.
Two additional awards were presented: Artists’ Choice, which was determined by votes from Red Hot contributing artists, and People’s Choice voted by the evening’s guests. Raven Skyriver from Stanwood, WA, was took both the honors, earning two $5,000 cash awards and two week-long hot shop residencies.
Congratulations, Museum of Glass and participating artists!