VALENTINE GALA at the MUSEUM of HISTORY
February 12, 2016 · 7pm – 2am
You are invited to a sensational evening of art, culture and experience. This sumptuous gala at the Museum of History is the climax of SOKOLOWSKI’s eleven-day exhibit Love and Peace, February 10-21, 2016 at the Alpha Art Gallery, 25 Murray Street, Ottawa.
With his 40th birthday this February, SOKOLOWSKI is painting 40 Hearts to celebrate humanity’s most desired state: love + peace, without which we are nothing.
In a desire to give back, Sokolowski will donate three of his signature Hearts paintings — papa-bear, mama-bear, baby-bear — to be auctioned during the dinner on February 12. Of the money raised,100% will be donated to the CHEO Foundation.
Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s creativity, music and idealistic belief that love can change the world, SOKOLOWSKI pays homage to their work. SOKOLOWSKI + ONA (the Polish word for she) is an eleven-day, live installation during his exhibit Love and Peace.
Evocative of John and Yoko’s Bed-in for Peace, SOKOLOWSKI and his wife Edith will pay tribute with a dramatic performance art event. The couple will reside for eleven days and nights in their bed at the gallery, surrounded by the enigmatic paintings of the Hearts.
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world.
– Imagine by John Lennon
For the duration of the eleven-day live installation, media, public speakers and guests are encouraged to visit the gallery and take part in discussions and sharing their ideas. SOKOLOWSKI’s hope is to inspire the community — both local and international — to pause and to reflect on what is truly important: love + peace. This is a desire to shift the energy of the world, moving our attitude and hearts towards love, peace, giving, sharing and saving the planet and our humanity.
The artist wants to remind us that no matter how successful we are or how much money we have, when faced with sickness we turn into helpless and humble creatures. We must remember to support each other.
We encourage you to join us in giving back. Donate to a cause that is close to your heart.
Special guests to be revealed
Stay tuned to learn the identity of our very special guests. Visit alphaartgallery.ca for up-to-the-minute, breaking news.
Join us to celebrate love at the Valentine Gala in the main hall of the Canadian Museum of History. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Alpha Art Gallery, 613.882.8789.
Tickets: $200 per person
Location: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC
Underground parking available at a cost of $6 for the evening
Elegant dress — don’t be shy to be creative and artistic
Welcome by event hostess, Edith Sokolowski
Jazz performance by Quebec singer France Maisonneuve, with complimentary champagne, recommended by world-renowned sommelier, Veronique Rivest
Appearance by our guests of honour – TBA
8 to 10 pm
Four-course, gourmet dinner catered by La Distinction, with by wine pairings sponsored by Liane Côte (E&J Gallo Winery Canada) and Veronique Rivest (Soif | Bar à Vin)
Auction of SOKOLOWSKI’s Hearts paintings in support of the CHEO Foundation
11pm to 2am
Dance to the lively, energetic Ottawa band “SWAY”
Take-home goody bag, with gifts donated by local businesses.