'Ignite the Night' Benefit Bash 2015 - Supporting Women & Their Work Review

The razzle-dazzle “Ignite The Night 2015” Benefit Bash was held on Saturday April 18th from 7-10pm and was hosted by Kim and Tim Dowling at their stunning home. The home uses solar power and the main idea of the theme "Ignite" came from it!  The splendid evening was surrounded by art lovers and supporters of Women & Their Work and the creative work of the artists that were offered in a silent art auction. Women & Their Work organizes an annual spring Benefit Bash with a variety of themes highlighting stellar contemporary architecture and personal art collections.

The savories and sips that were part of the blissful evening were catered by the delightful and distinctive Fete Accompli (Heavenly hors d’oeuvres and sweets) and Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Transformative martinis). Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. Also catering drinks was the Pioneer Wine Company (Worldly wines) who has a distinguished portfolio of hand-crafted wines from boutique and family-owned vineyards from around the globe.

The annual magic evening from the Women & Their Work Benefit Bash always offers unique activities for their guests and at this year at the “Ignite the Night” they offered insights from the psychic and palmist Joe Nicols (“Best Psychic in Austin” in the Austin Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll), luminous sounds created by Soul Wagon Duo, and a photo booth by Magic Lantern. This year Women & Their Work sold raffle tickets for $25 each or five for $100. The raffle prizes were unbelievable and included a UCHIKO $250 gift card, a CHICAGO WEEKEND for airfare from Austin & hotel plus two VIP passes to the Art, MERIDA, YUCATAN, five nights in a luxury three bedroom home, and SANTA FE, a week in a condo near the Plaza. Elizabeth Young was the "Ignite the Night" event chair. She has a background is in broadcast media and marketing and did a great an outstanding  job at organizing the delightful evening with her husband Tommy Vascocu.

Silent Art Auction Artists:

Denise Prince: Prince constructs portraits based on narratives with a unique touch beyond your dreams with an exceptional styling.  Prince attended the school of Visual Arts in New York; the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency Program in Skowhegan, New York.

Jeffrey Dell: He engages in themes of human desire and its effects on perception, impulse, appetite, and health. Dell is a Professor at Texas State University in the School of Art and Design in Printmaking. He received his BA in Studio Art from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Sara Frantz: She examines how architecture impacts our perception of the natural world. She earned a degree in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an MFA in Painting from UT Austin.

Micky Hoogendijk: She creates dramatic portraits capturing  the vulnerability from her subjects in order to produce an image from which the viewer can then create his own world. Recurring themes are religion, society and mythology. Hoogendijk's photographic work has since appeared in Art Platform Los Angeles 2012, E- merge Art Fair in Washington DC, and the Contemporary Art Fair in Istanbul.

Jules Buck Jones: He creates fantastical images of hybridized animal forms with a vibrant palette that is influenced by ecological concerns. Jones earned his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and an MFA in Painting from UT Austin.

Lance Letscher: He creates collages that are accumulations of tiny bits of paper taken from a myriad of sources, creating three dimensional illusions, offering a fleeting, random glimpse into a deference life or circumstance, and evoking the expansiveness of the cosmos and the complex detail of micro cellular life forms. Lance received his BFA and MFA from UT Austin.

Manik Raj Nakra: He bases his work in narrative-figurative style of Indian miniature painting and the architecture of ancient civilizations. He breaks down his styles into minimal and repeating compositions combining a wide spectrum of vibrant colors.

Kelly O’Connor: Her work is derived from a combination of memory, fantasy, and pop culture. O'Connor appropriates the idealized American landscapes captured in the 1950’s-60’s to suggest how nostalgia, fantasy, and pop culture influence our perceptions. She received her BFA from UT Austin.

About Women & Their Work

Women & Their Work is located at 1710 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701.

Women & Their Work is a visual and performing art organization located in Central Austin that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond.  For over 37 years, Women & Their Work has brought groundbreaking art to Austin, with exhibitions, performances, and educational workshops. Their goal is to enrich the cultural experience for Texas by: Emphasizing the value and excellence of art by women, educating audiences of all ages about contemporary art, equipping artists with financial and technical support, and engaging the community through diverse exhibitions, performances and other programs

Chris Cowden has served as the Executive Director of Women & Their Work since the mid-1980's and has overseen the work of more than 1500 visual and performing artists. She has directed all programming and has been responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating as well as fiscal management.  She has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and completed all course work for a PhD. Prior to coming to Women & Their Work she worked as a corporate loan officer in New York for 3 years at Chemical Bank  (JPMorgan Chase Bank).  She has served on boards and panels at the national and state level including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Performance Network.

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