Party Crasher: An Artful Affair

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s annual Holly Ball allowed art lovers to support the gallery — and get a sneak peek of exhibitions to come.

December 29, 2016

photography by Penny McKelvie

For many years, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) has hosted its formal event of the year, The Holly Ball, which celebrates the successes of the past year and offers an exclusive preview of the 2017 exhibitions. “This event has a long tradition for the AGA,” said Catherine Crowston, executive director and chief curator at the gallery. “It is important to keep such traditions of philanthropic support going.” More than 170 guests — including City Council officials, bankers and associates — attended the November 27 event to show their support for the AGA, while learning of the new exhibitions set forth for the new year. The event included a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, where one member of each table — wearing a chef's hat and apron — cut the turkey. Music was provided by Edmonton’s own A/B Trio, who won Jazz Recording of the Year at this year’s Edmonton Music Awards.

Catherine Crowston

Darcy Trufyn, Audrey Trufyn,  Ron Odynski and Lynn Odynski

Krista Nelson-Marciano and Maureen Flook

David and Janice Kent

Aman Randhawa, Sarah Chan and Rupi Randhawa

Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault

This article appears in the January 2017 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.


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