This past May for the American Patrons of Tate Museum’s Second Artists Dinner, the colored pencil was our hero. When working for such an esteemed art institution, it seems only appropriate to construct décor out of materials that inevitably trigger the visual conversation between the act of creation and the materials used to create. Thus, we welcomed our guests, an outstanding group of artists, patrons, and benefactors, to a gorgeous spectacle of moving chroma. As if viewed through a kaleidoscope, centerpieces for rectangular tables became undulating hills of pigment, brilliant rainbows of colored pencil bluffs, rolling from one end of the table to the other.
On the round tables in between, plush, saturated bouquets rose from colored pencil vases, and at every table setting, each guest received their very own set of colored pencils and a Post-it pad to draw on as they chatted the night away!
Such an important dinner is not simply for decorating. I would rather see it as a possibility for bold art-making. And the sharpest colored pencil concept in our event-planning coloring box? After the party, 16,000 colored pencils went directly to school art programs. We’re keepin’ it green, kids!
An amazing and incredibly fun evening, BRAVO to the Tate for another outstanding Artists Dinner! The honor is ALWAYS ours.