Museum gala promises Vegas glitter

Posted on August 1, 2011 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The museum’s 2011 Wet Paint Committee is comprised of, from left, Rick Tackett, Jackie Lee, Kate Eilertsen, Barbara Pascoe, Lance Walker, Frank Cavez, Michael Muscardini, Jane Milotich. Not pictured: Jeff Zimmerman, Gerry Snedaker, Christine Curry and Jim Lamb.

Wet Paint, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s annual gala fundraiser, is heading in a new direction this year: the Las Vegas strip.

The September 10 festivities will include dinner, dancing, casino-style gaming and a faster-paced auction, plus a martini bar and a dessert lounge.

“I want this year’s “Wet Paint On The Strip” to be the party of the year in Sonoma,” said Event Chair Barbara Pascoe. “It will be a hot spot of art and culture, fun and laughter, prizes and surprises.”

Committee member Michael Muscardini is enthusiastic about the new direction. “We’ve taken the traditional auction out of this event,” he said. Rather than a long stretch of auction descriptions and bidding, “We’re planning a fast paced and fun experience while remembering that the ultimate goal is to raise money to support the museum.”

This year’s Fund-A-Need is to replenish the Charlotte Lamb Exhibition Reserve Fund. Established in 2008 to honor the Sonoma Valley philanthropist and community supporter, the fund helps defray costs associated with presenting the museum’s high-profile exhibitions, such as the current David Hockney show.

The event begins at 7 p.m, with music from Sue Albano and Stan Pappas, with John Simon on the piano. DJ Jason Aquino will ramp things up with a dance party groove until midnight.

Tickets are $250 and include $50 in ‘funny money’ for the casino games. For more information and ticket sales, contact 939.7862 or

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