If restaurants and bars can exist as temporary pop-ups inside other establishments, why not use the same formula for a charity fundraiser? Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Board Chair Kevin Kelly did just that on Thursday, October 4, by hosting “An Artful Pop-Up” art show and silent auction inside his St. Charles Avenue garage.
Houmas House Plantation supplied food and City Wholesale Liquors took care of libations, but the night was all about art.
Native Louisianian artists Jacqueline Bishop, Douglas Bourgeois, George Dureau, Lin Emery, Sarah Allen Freeman and Simon Gunning contributed art to the auction. The multi-talented M. Cleland Powell III, Vice Chair of the LEH, donated 20 of his own paintings to the event.
Seventeen artworks were purchased at the silent auction to yield a total of $18,250 to benefit LEH public humanities programming, with Lin Emery’s “Butterfly” the most hotly contested with a high bid of $3,500.
The LEH was founded in 1972 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles described the organization’s mission as, “to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage.”
Event at a Glance
What: ”An Artful Pop-Up,” sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
When: Thursday, October 4
Where: Home of Board Chair Kevin Kelly