By Tara Bennett
The LSU Museum of Art is back for its annual 4th of July fundraiser, which will be celebrating its 10th year with red wine, white wine and smooth blues.
“It feels great to be celebrating 10 years,” said Executive Director Jordana Pomeroy. “I think we’re doing better than ever.”
The event, titled “Red, White & the Blues” will take place on Friday, July 4 on the sixth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts at the Tsunami Restaurant & Pennington Rooftop Terrace from 7-10 p.m.
According to Pomeroy, every year the museum tries to reflect the character of their current exhibitions. This year, the theme focuses on the exhibition “The Visual Blues.” The exhibition brings the Harlem Renaissance to life by capturing the period’s unprecedented outburst of artistic creativity inspired by blues, jazz, dance and social clubs.
“It’s a world class exhibition, so we’ll have more of a bluesy feel to this fundraiser,” said Pomeroy.
“Red, White & the Blues” will also feature a performance from local recording artist Quiana Lynell, who will perform live jazz, soul, blues and funk music at the charity event in support of the museum.
“She’s made a name for herself in this area and has a great stage presence. I always think of Billie Holiday when I hear her,” said Pomeroy. “We’re very proud of the talent we have here in Baton Rouge and like to showcase it.”
Included in the ticket price will be a buffet-style offering of cuisine prepared by Tsunami. The menu includes a station for beef brisket and roasted pulled chicken sliders, mashed potato bar, pork loin with fig preserves and goat cheese, New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp with fresh French bread slices, brown sugar bacon wrapped asparagus, roasted cauliflower with garlic lemon, fresh garden salad, bacon and leek mac and cheese and pasta salad.
Also included are a selection of water, sodas, tea, red and white house wine, locally brewed draft beer, a white wine Sangria and well brand liquor for mixed drinks. A cash bar will also be available. Dessert will include Kleinpeter ice cream and chocolate chip cookies donated by Kleinpeter Farms Dairy and DoubleTree by Hilton respectively.
Tickets are $125 for museum members; $150 non-members; $50 ages five-20; four and under are free. Purchase tickets by calling 225-389-7210 or online at www.eventbrite.com. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible and goes toward supporting the museum. Tickets are nonrefundable.
The event is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with a significant portion of the tickets going towards museum programming. According to Pomeroy, the museum 65% of the museum’s budget is dependent on private funds.
“We want people to have a great time and they are doing great things for Baton Rouge by coming and supporting us,” said Pomeroy.
Ticket price includes admission to the LSU Museum of Art from 7-8:30 p.m. to tour The Visual Blues exhibition. For the shoppers, the Museum Store will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 9 p.m. everyone will gather from up on the roof, to view the grand finale “Fireworks on the Mississippi.”
“It’s a great deal of fun and a great view of the Mississippi and the fireworks. You can’t see them like this anywhere else in Baton Rouge,” said Pomeroy.
For more information, visit www.lsumoa.com or call 225-389-7200.
By Tara Bennett