Light Into Night
LIGHT INTO NIGHT
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!
Live Auction highlights include fabulous destinations to: Anguilla | Beaver Creek, Colorado | Bordeaux | Montreal
For more information, please contact Joe Herwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual upstate fundraiser "Light into Night" is just around the corner. In the meantime, we'd like to introduce you to the newest feature of our annual event -- we're going high-tech by offering online and mobile bidding for our Silent Auction.
Starting right now, anyone can browse the auction items and place bids online with any smartphone, tablet or computer. Bidding will continue through Saturday at 9:30pm. You can bid even if you cannot attend the event!
Here's how it works:
• Register online at www.501auctions.com/artomi
Registering online is the quickest, easiest way to place bids in the auction! Simply register by entering your name, contact information, and payment method. If you are attending the event, signing up online now will also help us provide you with a speedy check in and checkout at the event.
Once the auction closes at 9:30pm Saturday night, if you have the top bid on an item(s), you'll be notified by text that you won. If you attend the event, just come to the check out table before you leave for your item. At that time, we can charge the credit card on file or you can provide a check or different credit card. If you are bidding remotely, we will charge the credit card on file shortly after 9:30pm and we can arrange for pick-up later.
Have fun and good luck bidding!
For more information or questions, please contact Joe Herwick at email@example.com.
Tickets for cocktails will be available at the door.
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.
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
Highlights of the evening, which took place to coincide with the autumn solstice, included:
WHY SPONSOR LIGHT INTO NIGHT?
LOCAL IMPACT + GLOBAL INFLUENCE
Cobalt Blue Patrons / Host Committee
Cadmium Yellow Patrons
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call our Visitors Center at (518) 392-4747.