HOUSTON– Bayou City Art Festival Downtown’s fifth annual Art Heist, benefitting its 14 festival non-profit partners and the Artist Relief Fund, is presenting its annual fundraising gala as it celebrates the “Treasures of the New World” on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.
“Treasures of the New World” will feature the finest fare from Melange Catering, refreshing libations, including rum, of course, entertainment with a DJ spinning live beats and the traditional “heist,” which provides patrons with the chance to, in traditional pirate fashion, “steal” donated of art pieces from participating festival artists. Art Heist attendees are encouraged to wear their most treasured pirate attire.
In keeping with the pirate theme, this year’s Art Heist will feature a treasure hunt for patrons the day of the event as they “explore” the festival. The hunt, which will last from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., encourages participants to decipher clues from a treasure map as they visit the involved artist’s booths. A treasure map and participation in the treasure hunt is $25.
Also new to this festival’s Art Heist is the option for patrons to purchase tables in the highest ticket levels for “Treasures of the New World.” Each of the seven ticket levels includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the event. The highest ticket level, New World, $25,000, includes presenting sponsor notion on all festival collateral, one ticket for a guaranteed piece of donated festival art in the Heist, one table for 12 with 12 festival entrance tickets, 12 tickets for the art heist drawing, 12 premium swag bags, a private table waiter, drink/beer/wine service at table, 50 festival tickets, and much more. Queen Isabella, $10,000, includes one ticket for a guaranteed piece of art in the Heist, one table for 10 with 10 festival entrance tickets, 10 tickets for art heist drawing, 10 festival swag bags, as well as 20 additional festival tickets.
The $5,000 ticket, King Ferdinand, includes one guaranteed art heist ticket, one table for eight with eight festival entrance tickets, eight tickets for the art heist drawing and eight swag bags. Columbus, $2,500, includes a table for four, four festival entrance tickets, as well as a guaranteed piece of donated festival art in the Heist and four “chance” Heist tickets. The $1,500 Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria level, also includes a table for four, four VIP festival entrance level tickets and four “chance” Heist tickets. Pirate, the mid-priced ticket for $100, includes entrance and one “chance” ticket to participate in the Heist, and the Witness level, for $75, provides admission to the event and the delicious food and drinks provided to all guests.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Art Heist are donated to the festival’s 14 non-profit partners and the Artist Relief Fund, which allows artists to attend the festival despite financial hardships. At Bayou City Art Festival’s Memorial Park Art Heist in March of 2013, more than $20,000 was given back to these groups.
“Treasures of the New World” will be held on the steps of City Hall in front of the Reflection Pool on Saturday, October 12. The treasure hunt is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., check-in and cocktail hour for the Art Heist is from 6 to 7 p.m., and the event will be held between 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased online through Eventbrite.
For questions regarding the Art Heist or additional festival information, please contact Laura Littlejohn at 713-225-0880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the organization’s website, www.bayoucityartfestival.com
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