As the Cartersville museum’s largest fundraiser, the benefit continues to raise more than $100,000 each year.
“The funds go to help support our exhibitions, our educational programs and our enrichment programs throughout the year,” Booth Executive Director Seth Hopkins said. “And then secondly, [its purpose] is to pick an artist in our collection and honor them with a Lifetime Achievement Award and get them to come to the museum and be honored on that evening.
“[Glenna Goodacre] is probably the best known woman sculptor in the world and one of the best sculptors in the world. She’s had numerous monument projects throughout the country. She was selected to design the Sacagawea dollar coin and we have two large monumental bronzes on the Booth property that she did. So we thought she was definitely worthy of being honored with this award and will be the fifth person ever to receive it.”
Starting at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” on Feb. 16 also will include a meal, and silent and live auctions.
“The silent auction takes place before dinner and it will be in the great hall there,” said Matt Jarrard, development director for the Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive. “The live auction goes on shortly following dinner in the ballroom. It’s definitely some art pieces that our Western art collector followers have interest in but there’s plenty of non-art pieces as well. There’s some Western clothing items that are included and some trips, things of that sort. So [there is something] for everybody.
“One of the things we’re also introducing to the Gala this year is we’re trying to make it more of a weekend event because we have folks that come from out of town to Cartersville just for Gala and we kind of wanted to make it ... more of a weekend full of festivities. And this year we’re introducing a Friday night event that will be held at the Downtown Gallery. It’s called Boots and Saddles and you can find out more information about that on the website as well. ... There will be live music and entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, that sort of thing. [It is] a more casual and fun way to kick off the weekend of Gala.”
Tickets to “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” are $150 per person. On the day of the black tie optional event, the museum will close to the general public at 3 p.m.
For more information about the event and to view auction items, visit www.boothmuseum.org.