Arts Center presents ‘Carnaval Brasilia’

Donna Murdock, Alan Feves and Susan DeMarsh catalog auction items for the Pendleton Center for the Arts Gala Auction.

Every two years Pendleton Center for the Arts presents a Gala Auction with a dynamic, international theme. This year organizers are giving attendees a taste of South American flair with “Carnaval Brasilia.” Tickets are now on sale.

The Gala takes place Saturday, Nov. 13, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m., silent auction at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 7:45 p.m. at 214 N. Main St., Pendleton. Tickets are limited to 110 and cost $35 each. The admission price includes a full slate of food, refreshments and entertainment throughout the evening.  

The theme was inspired by the 2010 Chairwoman Susan DeMarsh, and her current obsession with the food of Brazil and the color, rhythm and costumes of Carnaval. The most famous holiday in Brazil, Carnaval dates back to the 1640s when the Rio de Janeiro bourgeoisie imported the practice of holding balls and masquerade parties from Paris.

“We are always looking for ways to transport our guests to a fun and exotic location for the night,” said DeMarsh. “The Carnaval Brasilia theme seemed like it would be interesting to research and plan, and also make the Gala Auction exciting to attend.”

 More than 100 businesses and individuals contribute a wide range of auction packages and items to the event, which raises important funds for programs and services the Arts Center offers to youth, teens and adults. 

 “We are always so amazed at the generosity of the local community in supporting this event,” said Alan Feves, an Arts Council board member.

Feves has been talking with business owners, artists and individuals from across the county to solicit support for the Gala. 

“It’s encouraging to see that people value the work we do at the Arts Center and are eager to support it,” he said.

 Live auction packages range from pheasant hunting trips to beach getaways to fine wines to original artwork. Silent auction items cover a wide range of items, including gift certificates to local restaurants and jewelry.

 Tickets may be reserved by calling 541-278-9201 or by stopping by Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., Pendleton.

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