More than 150 guests enjoyed a special French-themed evening for the benefit of the Naples Art Association On February 20, opening the 34th Annual Naples National Art Festival weekend. French music, beverages and cuisine set the mood for a themed evening, “Bleu Moon Over the Seine.”
NAA member artists demonstrated their talents as guests strolled around the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club sipping French wines and Kir Royales, the drink invented in Lyons to celebrate the U.S. liberation of that city during World War II. A French chanteur, Michelet Innocent, performed a variety of smoky French bistro classics. The evening was capped with a live auction of a dozen works of art donated by previous winners of Naples National events. A professional auctioneer from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers insured that bidding was enthusiastic, quick and widespread.
The Platinum Donor for the event was artnet AG. In addition, many individuals subscribed to patron tables, underwriting early expenses. In all, the inaugural event netted about $25,000 for NAA programs, including the children’s art scholarship program and community outreach. Many volunteers assisted with logistics helping to make the whole experience smooth and enjoyable.
This was the first event of its kind for NAA, and it has helped the organization prepare to throw an even bigger celebration for its 60th Diamond Anniversary event on Feb. 20, 2014. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and activities in the works.
Individuals interested in volunteering on the 2014 gala committee should contact John Hushon.