The 2012 ASK Gala, “Havin’ A Ball: ASK Celebrates the Arts” will take place on Saturday, May 19th from 5 pm – 9:30 pm at The Steel House, 88 East Strand, Kingston, New York. ASK is proud to have Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Philippe Petit and Peter Schickele as our special guest honorees.
The evening will include an enticing silent auction starting at 5 pm, hors d’oeuvres by Joaia, dinner, cash bar, and performances by: Woodstock Youth, Castaway Players, Got 2 Lindy, and Brandon Chrisjohn.
Woodstock Youth Theater is proud to present one of their actors singing Somewhere over the Rainbow; Got2Lindy will be performaning one of their amazing dance routines; Castaway Players will be performing a scene from one of their upcoming performances, and the finale performance will feature a local artist who will create a painting set to music and then auctioning off the painting at the very end of the show.
Philippe Petit—universal poet laureate of the high wire—is a street juggler and the author of seven books; he draws, performs close-up magic, practices lock-picking and 18th century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wine, and gives lectures on creativity and motivation. On August 7, 1974, Philippe accomplished what may be the most astounding “artistic crime” of all time, when he walked a high wire (illegally) rigged between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. His adventure is the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary, MAN ON WIRE.
Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, author and satirist, Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. His works, now well in excess of 100 for symphony orchestra, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television, have given him “a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music.” – John Rockwell, The New York Times
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and listed in “Who’s Who in American Art,” in 2002 Jane Bloodgood-Abrams was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been chosen for numerous regional, national and international exhibitions, including the New York State Biennial at the New York State Museum in Albany, as well as exhibitions in Austria, Italy and Germany.
The Arts Society of Kingston, a regional center for the arts, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming for the benefit of artists, art-lovers, and the general community of the Hudson Valley. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. In carrying out this mission, ASK enriches the quality of life, bridges cultural gaps, and increases awareness and appreciation of the arts. For more information, please visit ASKforArts.org.