This was my 2nd year to attend Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual fundraiser, "Incognito" as a donating artist. It was different than last year's Incognito Art Event, because this year, it didn't rain; there weren't as many people attending it, and I had expectations of how I thought and hoped it would go. Last year, it was all new, fresh and surprising to me. I guess that can make all the difference.
I took my artist friend, Shiho Nakaza with me. This was her 1st time to attend it. She dressed up so lovely and she sketched lots of drawings of the event which you can see at this link. Waiting in line in the hallway before the museum opened its doors, we had fun chatting with fellow donating artists and doodling for a collective art project that was hanging in the hall. Everyone dressed so interestedly and artsy.
When we were finally allowed to go into the museum, we were lead through a maze and saw staff and volunteers working hard to make sure this art event ran smoothly.
Inside, we poured into the crowd, trying to see the art along all the walls in this huge exhibition space. 700 works of art were donated this year from 500 artists. Despite the large crowd, it was actually a lot fewer people than last year. I remember it was standing room only before. This year, the center of the museum was rather empty.
Lots and lots of crazy wonderful art lined the walls. I got to snap a few photos before I learned we weren't allowed to take any pictures. This was another thing that was different than last year. I never was asked by a security guard to stop taking photos. Did they think I would leak out who's art was who's? I wasn't going to do that because I had no idea. I don't know.
There were also a lot fewer red tags this year. The red tags mean the art has sold. The white tags mean the artwork is still waiting for a nice home to live in. Above were some of the pieces I enjoyed for their texture and sculptural quality. I also liked the subdued color palette.
Of course, I was also attracted to some art with strong, bold colors and big, bright faces.
I was on the look-out for some cut paper art or any kind of paper artwork. I found a few as you can see above. Always, the pieces with more dimensionality and texture caught my eye.
Even though, the security guard told me to stop taking photos, I still snuck a photo of myself in front of my cut paper artwork.
Here is my paper art on on the shelf with the other artwork. They didn't find a home that night. I don't know if they found a home the next day. The museum had the artwork up and selling for one more day after the big main event. I won't know what happened to my artwork after this night. It belongs to the museum and they can do what they want with it. They don't have to let me know about it. This is unlike other art fundraising events I've participated in. Usually, if your artwork doesn't sell, they give it back to you. That's one thing I don't like about this art event.
After looking at all the artwork and not selling mine, I was disappointed and wandered outside into the after party crowd. Since it was a clear and beautiful night, the after party was outside under the open skies.
People mingled, drank and ate in the quirky and pretty outdoor setting of the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The hanging succulent garden is a favorite of mine and the strings of lights above the building shone so prettily.
The food this year was more casual with sandwiches, veggies and dips. Since I am on a special diet for my health and I have a lot of food allergies, I was only able to eat the raw veggies. Shiho said the sandwiches were yummy. Strangely, they didn't offer anything sweet. I was hoping for cheese and fresh fruit and, in particular, I was dreaming of fresh strawberries.
There was a fun photo-booth that any guest could use. Before Shiho & I left, we snapped a few funny and sweet photos. They were taken digitally for everyone to see, projecting above the party on a huge wall. But they also had paper photos that you could take home as party favors of this art event. I think this was a perfect way to end my Incognito 2013.
As we drove out of the parking lot, Shiho reminded me that we still needed something sweet to end the night. So we went to the grocery store and bought cheese and strawberries. We ate them at her place. It was an intimate and quiet night cap to a loud and crazy night of art partying. Thank you, Shiho! Thank you, Santa Monica Museum of Art!