Gala & Auction ’22
A virtual benefit for Washington Park Arboretum
PRESENTED BY THE ARBORETUM FOUNDATION
Thursday, February 10, 2022
6 to 7 PM
LIVESTREAM RECORDING: Click the YouTube link above to watch the full livestream recording of the gala. The main program starts at 28.40 minutes.
The Arboretum Foundation’s 34th annual gala fundraiser—The Art of Nature—took place on Thursday, February 10, 2022 and raised more than $310,000 for the Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden.
The FREE, livestream event celebrated the art and beauty of Washington Park Arboretum, and explored how nature in this special place inspires artists, visitors, and students to create in myriad ways, enhancing our shared community.
The event featured surprise guests, wonderful performances, and silent and live auctions, and was an unforgettable hour in support of the Arboretum.
All proceeds from The Art of Nature will help fund environmental education, maintenance, and volunteerism at the Arboretum, as well as cultural programs at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
Gala Teaser Video: Meet Sculptor John Grade
Check out this fun teaser video for gala. The 40-second video was created by our production partners, Seattle Lives, using footage from our recent interview with sculptor John Grade. The gala explored the connections between art and the natural world—and introduced viewers to nature-inspired artists such as John, who is creating a new installation for the Arboretum, to be unveiled in 2023.
Our Auction Committee procured a unique selection of nature-based artworks, experiences, and getaways for our online auction, which opened Monday, February 7. Supporters bid on paintings from noted Northwest artists such as Julie Speidel and Alfredo Arreguin; tours of the Amazon Spheres and other private gardens; vacation stays at TreeHouse Point and Vashon Island; and much, much more.
- See a select preview of artworks in THE ART OF NATURE auction.
- See a select preview of tours, getaways, and experiences in the auction.
“Dance of the Muses” (2018), by Alfredo Arreguin. Limited edition serigraph. Value: $600.
Event Planning Committee
Co-Chairs: Joanna Thiagarajan, Bill McGee
Committee Members: Joan Affleck-Smith, Josh Dickson, Carol Hoerster, Tess Forte, Lane DeCamp, Jason Morse, Jane Stonecipher
Sponsors & Partners
Thanks to our event sponsors and partners for making The Art of Nature possible.
Banner art: From “Natural Network I,” by Mari Shibuya.
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