Not long ago, we passed along word of Kabuki Pop, the Southwest School of Art’s gala to raise funds for its Bachelor of Fine Arts program. It looked like a delightful, engaging idea on paper, but to find out how it did in practice, we turned to the organizers, who offered this excellent post-mortem.
The Southwest School of Art’s 2017 Kabuki Pop Gala in the Garden was a stunning event, complete with an amazing laser light show and great food. Presented by the Argo Group and Honorary Co-Chairs AnaPaula and Mark Watson, plus Co-Chairs Sarah and Marks Moore, the Gala greatly benefitted Southwest School of Art, which is the only independent college of art in Texas. The Kabuki Pop theme was inspired by the contemporary art of Japan and the Meow Wolf Immersive Art Installation in Santa Fe.
The over 600 guests, many of whom came dressed in Asian-inspired attire, enjoyed a delicious meal with artful Japanese accents provided by Club Giraud. Pink up-lighting created a magical atmosphere throughout the beautiful McNutt Gardens on a night complete with perfect weather! Tim Walsh of Laser Spectacles wowed everyone with a laser show that created an aurora borealis multicolored light that hovered through mist, pulsated to music, and electrified the Torii Gate in the Gardens’ center.
Inside the Coates Chapel, patrons purchased donated works of art by many noted local, regional, and national artists. Following dinner and a fabulous limited edition Raffle, gala patrons danced the night away at an amazing after-party sponsored by Neiman Marcus and enjoyed more Asian food, played at the casino table, or simply lounged in the elegant atmosphere created by Xitlalt Herrera of NM. Kabuki Pop was such an eclectic, electric evening that its buzz is sure to linger for some time to come!
Serving as both a celebration and investment into the future of art, Kabuki Pop showed just what San Antonio can expect once the School equips the next generation of artists with the support they need. We hope you’ll join them in whatever they cook up next year and do your part to help the School distinguish itself in this talent-rich city.