The Plains Art Museum Gala has some serious zing. It attracts a fabulous mix of artists, party people and the movers and shakers that shape Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding communities.
This year I covered the event for a magazine (rough gig, I know) so I saved most of my serious journalistic work for that publication and I’m bringing you some candid, personal snapshots instead.
This is what the walk to the museum through downtown Fargo looks like. It poured rain right before, so that was a dramatic start to the evening.
This year’s party had a Brazilian Carnaval theme, which meant aerialists, bossa nova and samba music and a colorful color scheme.
Guests were encouraged to wear bright colors and anything colorful, tropical and extravagant. This was definitely a day to leave your little black dress at home.
I saw New Orleans-style masks, jeweled headpieces, gossamer fairy wings and lots and lots of feathers.
Even the servers got into the action…as if I needed an excuse to eat more desserts from Nichole’s Fine Pastry!
For the record, you really can’t get enough mini eclairs, mango cake and coconut chocolates. I did some extensive research. It’s impossible.
I kept my look pretty mellow since I was working. I love any opportunity to wear a 70s style maxi-dress — and this color is one of my favorites.
The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra kept the bossa nova and samba energy up all night long. I caught the band in a quiet moment between sets.
I always love checking out the art auction. The especially like how this sculpture looks like he’s getting a little fresh with one of the gentlemen in the gallery.
I ran into the irrepressible Kristin Rudrud, a local celeb you might recognize from the movie “Fargo.” I used to see her around all the time (Fargo’s art scene is pretty close-knit) but we’ve lost track of each other lately. It was nice to reconnect.
In case you couldn’t tell, she is sooooooo much more fabulous than me. And she absolutely owned this photo.
Once I was done with my interviews, I chatted up some friends and grabbed a drink.
And — let’s be honest — another mini eclair. Because that’s how I roll.
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