On Thursday, the Young Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be throwing their annual Rendezvous on the Rooftop at the gallery’s Studio 4East and its stunning terrace that overlooks Robson Square.
This year’s “Midnight in Paris” theme celebrates the Matisse exhibition that recently opened and will include an art talk, intimate and informal tours of the exhibition, French music, 1920s-themed cocktails, and lots of opportunity to network with other young art enthusiasts.
Learn about the lasting influences of artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir while sampling sizzling appetizers and signature cocktails in the Parisian-inspired salon.
Also, you never know who in the art world you’ll see at one of these events. (I went to an YA event a few months ago–a transcendent and luminous talk by David Allison on how to start an art collection–and shared an elevator ride with Douglas Coupland).
To get on the roof, join the Young Associates program by enrolling online or in person at the gallery’s membership desk. The $200 membership fee (with a $80 tax receipt!) covers your gallery admission for the year and includes invitations to special events put on just for Young Associates (ages 19 to 45) such as the popular behind-the-scenes tour, gallery walks and artist talks, guest passes, and discounts at the gallery Shop.
The Associates are a diverse group of art enthusiasts who want to deepen their engagement with the visual arts through art-related social, educational, service and fundraising initiatives.
Rendezvous on the Rooftop takes place July 5, 2012 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm and members will receive two free drinks. Non-members are also welcome to attend and tickets are available for $30, which can go toward a membership following the event. Just call (604) 662-4711 for more information.
If you are unable to join just yet, or just want to get your feet wet in the whole art-connoisseur life, check out FUSE the following night — when the gallery transforms into one big party for art, music and live performance in the city.