Light Into Night

LIGHT INTO NIGHT: Annual Upstate Fundraiser

Saturday September 17, 2016
Annual Upstate Fundraiser
to Benefit Omi International Arts Center
Honoring Francis Greenburger, Sandi Slone, and John and Linda Cross for their role in founding Art Omi 25 years ago.


Thanks to our sponsors, Etsy and Thompson Giroux Gallery


Join us for a uniquely Omi evening of art and surprise to benefit Omi International Arts Center in our transformed rustic Studio Barns in Ghent, NY!


Our annual upstate fundraiser, LIGHT INTO NIGHT brings together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for an unforgettable event. Experience a rare and exclusive evening of art happenings set against the striking back-drop of the Omi Studio Barns on the autumn equinox. Enjoy an open bar, sumptuous locally sourced farm-to-table dinner by Black Forest Flammkuchen Co., live and silent auction, dance party, Little Stars Kids Party at Camp Omi, and exciting art surprises!

This event helps the world-renowned Omi International Arts Center continue our important work of producing international arts programming of the highest caliber right here in the Hudson Valley.

Master of Ceremonies: Lowell Pettit of Pettit Art Partners

Live Auction highlights include fabulous destinations to: Anguilla | Beaver Creek, Colorado | Bordeaux | Montreal


For more information, please contact Joe Herwick at




5-6:30 PM Cocktails | 7-8 PM Dinner | 8 - 10 PM Afterparty

Ticket prices include dinner and admission for the evening, including participation in the arts showcase, cocktail reception, dinner and dance party. Omi is a 501(c)3 organization. Ticket purchases are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

For parents attending the fundraiser, tickets for the LITTLE STARS kids event may also be purchased below.

(8 tickets to all art happenings, premium dinner seating, program listing + host committee
$3,020 tax-deductible for 8 guests


(4 tickets to all art happenings, premium dinner seating, program listing + host committee listing)
$1,430 tax-deductible for 4 guests

(1 ticket to all art happenings + premium dinner seating, program listing + host committee listing)
$420 tax-deductible for 1 guest

(1 ticket to all art happenings + dinner seating)
$120 tax-deductible for 1 guest

(1 ticket to cocktails + selected art happenings from 5-6:30 PM)
$75 tax-deductible

(1 ticket to kids party at Camp Omi)
For children ages 4-12, Little Stars will feature a light-themed art project, followed by a
kid-friendly film, campfire, singing, and story-telling. Food and drinks will be available.

(1 ticket to kids party at Camp Omi for additional child, friend or sibling)
For children ages 4-12, Little Stars will feature a light-themed art project, followed by a
kid-friendly film, campfire, singing, and story-telling. Food and drinks will be available.

Tickets for cocktails will be available at the door.

If you can't come but want to give, please consider making a donation! Contributors of $500 or more will be acknowledged in the program.

If you would like to purchase an ad in our program for the evening
, please download our ad rate sheet and reservation form. Payments can be made by check, cash or credit card by filling out the form and submitting it to the contact indicated.

For questions about joining the host committee or becoming a sponsor, or for any inquiries about the event in general, please contact Joe Herwick, Light Into Night Project Director, at or, you can call our Visitors Center at (518) 392-4747

2015 Event Recap + Photos

2nd Annual Showcase, Auction, Art, Dinner + Dance Party to Benefit Omi
in honor of Frances Schools and (in memoriam) Henry Schools of Old Ghent Realty


At our second annual fundraiser, 200+ people dined, danced and reveled in an evening of art and surprise performances timed to coincide with the autumn equinox. We grossed over $99,000 to support Omi's programming, thanks to the generous efforts and contributions of the Host Committee, Columbia County community, artists, and sponsors including Benefactor Sponsors Thompson Giroux Gallery and Etsy.

The evening featured performances and installations in the characteristically inspired and inventive way that only Omi can pull off. Guests enjoyed delicious, seasonal fare by The Flammerie of Kinderhook along with signature cocktails by the Hudson Standard and Harvest Spirits.

As the sun set, young artists gathered around the campfire for storytelling and art-making at our Little Stars event, while adults bid on auction items ranging from luxurious vacation getaways to original artwork by William Wegman, Donald Baechler, and Afruz Amighi. Upstairs, the barn roof shook as we danced into the night to tunes by DJ Mav. It was a magical evening!

This year, Omi chose to honor Frances Schools of Old Ghent Realty and her late husband Henry Schools. Along with their children, the Schools gave their time and energy to help built the studios for the first 30 artists in 1992.

The Schools family didn't come to Omi with a background in contemporary art, but they and all the locals who housed the artists in those early years saw a community of people building a project together with passion. Omi was founded thanks to those members of the local community who found excitedment and fulfillment in supporting artists - and it's this spirit that feeds Omi today.

- Ruth Adams, Director, Omi International Arts Center

I want to thank everybody, anybody, who had to do with making that evening happen. That includes the caterers, the dancers, the musicians, the staff at Omi, and of course, Ruth Adams, the amazing Director, Francis Greenburger, and all the people who spoke and wrote about Henry and I.

Ruth didn't even know us, or that Art Omi existed, in the beginning. The fact that she could wish to honor us for our efforts – I was flabbergasted by that, because all week since Light Into Night, I've been thinking, "what are any of us doing right now that would make someone want to honor us 24 years later, especially if you hadn't even been alive for the last 16 years?"

I wondered all through the evening what it would have been like if Henry had been there. He was a unique man and a force of nature. He, much more than I, had quite an impact on the direction of Art Omi from the very beginning, besides gathering up his entire family and friends to transform a barn full of stanchions into studios with jackhammers, he worked with the artists during the residency. It was quite an amazing performance – even for Henry.

I was the welcome wagon, bringing iced tea and taking the artists around the county, to the art surprise store, to the pottery studio in Massachusetts, and wherever they needed to go. It was great fun. I met wonderful people and some are still friends.

At Light Into Night, we were 23 strong. My entire family including Henry's children and grandchildren all had a chance to witness and enjoy him being honored. Ruth made it especially nice by hanging Henry's portrait (which Art Omi alum Richild Holt painted in 1992) on the wall overlooking us, which all of his family appreciated. Thank you Ruth!

Now for Francis - what can I say about that man? He sat on the ground at my feet, and of course my son Tim had to take a picture of that. He's amazing. He was the full force of the idea of this widespread organization and it was wonderful to be part of it. With him and for him. We all know what he's capable of; he proves it over and over.

All week I've been thinking and reacting differently to the evening. I'm 86 years old and certainly never expected to be honored for anything. It will take me awhile to get used to the idea. The almost 25 year experience of Omi – not only for me and for my family, but for the fact that it settled and grew exponentially right here in our community – is something I will always appreciated.

- Frances Schools, 2015

Art Omi alum Joanna Przybyla, who was in residence during the very first iteration of Omi, had this to say in Frances Schools' honor:

I would like to thank you, Frances, for your warm welcome at the first edition of Art Omi in 1992.

You encouraged my vision and insisted I realize it! You showed me all the hills and rivers, fireflies, deer, the Ghent summer breeze, and at the same time, encouraged Henk and Carl and John and Tim to perform incredible work to bring my project to life.

"My boys move houses from state to state" – you said – "therefore they can do anything: Even if they say NO, give them a little time and they will say YES."

That's how I learned how to live life believing in miracles. But more important is that I observed the values of the Schools family, who know that the miracle of happiness is derived solely from gratitude.

They showed their gratitude for each other naturally in their relations with the Omi artists. By this simple fact, I became one more member of the Schools family!!!

Thank you Frances, for your amazing 20+ year friendship that is still alive. I would like to express my deep gratitude to you, and our, Ghent-based family.

- Joanna Przybyla


Highlights of the evening, which took place to coincide with the autumn solstice, included:

Cocktail party with installations at our transformed, rustic studio barns.

A neon light sculpture "Love Letters" by Erika deVries.

The talented alumni of Music Omi filling the barn silo with their collaborations.

Little Stars, a party for young artists with campfire and art-making at Camp Omi.

Dancers in illuminated animal costumes leading audiences throughout the barn.

Chef Turi Scalora's experiential (and delicious) dessert installation, Perilous Plain.

Lively auction bidding!

Photo booth with Deirdre Malfatto.

Dance party with DJ Mav lasting into the night!

The whole PHOTO ALBUM is online HERE.

Photos by Akemi Hiatt, Tim Schools, and Deirdre Malfatto.



Each year, the Hudson Valley Arts Community continues to grow exponentially and gain greater international recognition as the new frontier in New York's vibrant and diverse arts scene. Omi invites your company to partake in the magical synergy and visibility that this flourishing arts community offers by becoming a sponsor of this year's Light Into Night.

Sponsorship provides brand exposure to an audience of influential supporters with both regional and international reach; and demonstrates your commitment to advancing a local arts culture that enriches the lives of Hudson Valley residents.


It enables us to continue producing cutting edge residencies with international artists, and quality arts education and public programming for people of all ages. It also elevates the region's presence as a vibrant node in the global creative industries and tourism sector.

In past years, the event attracted:

- Over 200 of the who's who in Hudson Valley business and arts.
- Major sponsorships from Thompson Giroux Gallery, Etsy, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Herrick Feinstein LLP and Rural Intelligence.


110 international artists | 48 countries | 6 continents
15,000+ visitors | 30 free events | 1,750 local children and families
50 local jobs | $419,000 contributed towards local economy
88,490 website visits | 8,500 email subscribers
6,300 facebook likes | 880 twitter followers | 520 instagram followers, and growing


Download our Light Into Night sponsorship deck.


Thompson Giroux Gallery has been showing contemporary art in the Hudson Valley since 2011. We are focused on discovering and presenting compelling, challenging work across a range of disciplines and media. Named Best Gallery in Columbia County 2015 by the Columbia County Council on the Arts and the Register Star/Chatham Courier, Thompson Giroux Gallery looks forward to continuing its relationship with exciting contemporary art and artists, bringing them together with art-lovers, collectors, and the community in a place where all can flourish.

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. The heart and soul of Etsy is it's global community: the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make or curate, the shoppers looking for things they can't find anywhere else, the manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them grow, and the Etsy employees who maintain and nurture their workplace.

For more information on sponsorships, please contact Joe Herwick at, or you can call our Visitors Center at (518) 392-4747



Cobalt Blue Patrons / Host Committee
Isabelle Autones + Francis Greenburger
Matthew Doering + Daniel Obst
Judy Grunberg (T Backer Fund)
Katherine + Keith Kanaga
Martha McMaster + Sheldon Evans
Lauren Mundy + Peter Coan
Koethi Zan + Stephen Metcalf

Titanium White Patrons
Bruce + Lori Burnett
Carol Frederick + Ross Willows
David Groom
Sandi Slone + Bruce Ehrmann

Cadmium Yellow Patrons
Richard Barnett
Heather Bhandari
Eric Lane

Benefactor Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsor Etsy
Benefactor Sponsor Thompson Giroux Gallery
Media Sponsor
Rural Intelligence

Auction Donors, Event Underwriters + Program Advertisers

2 Note Perfumery
Afruz Amighi
American Ballet Theater
Bagatelle New York / The ONE Group
Bill Maynes
Bimi's Cheese Shop
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Bodhi Holistic Spa + Yoga
Broadway GPS
Café Le Perche
Camphill Ghent
Cantele Tent Rentals
Carnegie Hall
Casa Urbana Salon + Apothecary
Catherine Lee
Chatham Bookstore
Chatham Brewing
Chronogram / Luminary Publishing
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Columbia Paper
Country Squire B+B
Crisafulli Bros.
David Groom
Deb Baldwin / Stair Galleries
Donald Baechler
Fairview Wines + Spirits
Festival Murale
Fish + Game
Francis Greenburger + Isabelle Autones
Galerie D'Este
Galerie Simon Blais
Greenburger Center for Social + Criminal Justice
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Halstead Property
Haresh Lalvani + Milgo Bufkin
Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery / Core Vodka
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Hudson River Design
John Reilly Signs + Designs
Josh Dorman
Kens Window Cleaning
Kinderhook Bank
John + Linda Cross
Long Energy
Lori Segall-Burnett
McCagg Mowing + Repair
Meridian Prime Wine Importers
Metzwood Insurance
Old Chatham Tennis Club
Pilates Hudson
Philippe Soule Landscape Design
Restaurant Gus
Ristorante Buona Notte
TK Home + Garden
The Barlow
The Crimson Sparrow
The Hudson Standard
Sadhana Center for Yoga + Meditation
Spectrum 8 Theaters
Station 16
Victoria DiNardo Fine Millinery
William Wegman + Christine Burgin

Special thanks to Rosemary Camano for her auction assistance.

Artists + Performers
André Naffis-Sahely
Asa B. Thornton
Callie Rose Ritter
Carte Blanche Performance
Charles Goldman
Chef Turi Scalora
Chris Hosea
Claudia Cannizzaro
Dan Devine + Lawre Stone, Hudson River Studio
Deirdre Malfatto
Erika deVries
George + Susan Quasha
Helen Yee
James Brandon Lewis
Mark Schmidt
Michael Evans
Michelle Micca
Rachel McKinnon Oliver
Shandoah Goldman
Stephanie Griffin
Tirzo Martha


Cobalt Blue Patrons / Host Committee
Bruce Burnett + Lori Segall Burnett
Tarik + Nayana Currimbhoy
Denise De Diego + Kevin Delahanty
Jane Ehrlich
Sheldon Evans + Martha McMaster
Francis Greenburger + Isabelle Autones
Judith Grunberg (T Backer Fund)
Lauren Mundy + Peter Coan
Susan Siriwatanarong + Vincent Santo
Anita Sibony + Jonathan Adelsberg
Daniel Obst + Matthew Doering
Koethi Zan + Stephen Metcalf

Benefactor Sponsor Thompson Giroux Gallery
Friend Sponsor Columbia Memorial Hospital
Friend Sponsor Herrick Feinstein LLP
Media Sponsor Rural Intelligence

Cadmium Yellow Patrons
Crystiina Avram
Alan + Judy Fishman
Jennifer + Kevin Lippert
Julianna + Will Obeid
Ornella + Pietro Russino
Victoria Sambunaris

Auction Donors + Event Underwriters

Andaz 5th Avenue
The Barlow
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Bimi's Cheese Shop
BonStar Fitness
Cafe Le Perche
Cantele Tent Rentals
Chatham Brewing
David Deutsch
Dutch's Spirits
FACE Stockholm
Grape and Grain
Francis Greenburger + Isabelle Autones
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Hudson Valley Distillers, LLC
Hudson Wine Merchants

Lependorf + Shire
Lori Burnett Photography
Meridian Prime Wine Importers

Pilates Hudson
Paolo Vidali + Tuthilltown Spirits
Sana Stone
The Stewart House
STK New York
Victoria DiNardo Fine Millinery
Victoria Sambunaris


Gabel Real Estate
Old Ghent Realty
Richmor Aviation
S&F Technologies
Cantele Tent Rentals
Ercole Home
Spectrum 8 Theaters
Camphill Ghent
Mid-Hudson Cable
Kinderhook Bank
First Niagara Bank
Hawthorne Valley


Julianne Swartz
Melissa Sarris
Brian Dewan
Julianne Carney
Caitlin Trainor
Vincent Thomas
Aeilushi and Paulom Mistry
Shandoah Goldman
Asa B. Thornton
Suzanne Beahrs
Jess Grippo
Michelle Amara Micca
Bahar Behbahani
Jesus Benavente
Rob Carter
Dan Devine
Lawre Stone
Erika DeVries
Dominique Petrin
Ja-Young Ku
Michael Tong
Anna Moschovakis
Catherina Grippenberg
David Dephy
Sergio Badilla
Lucas Hirsch
Hung Hoang
Iulia Pana
Adam Zdrodowski

Thanks to all of our staff and volunteers, especially Lawre Stone and Dan Devine, Patrick Devine, Maxwell Reisner, Clem Keats, Tom Nicol and May Nicol.

About Omi International Arts Center

Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians, and dancers. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally.


For more information on Light Into Night, please contact Joe Herwick at, or you can call our Visitors Center at (518) 392-4747.

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