Cuban vacation to be raffled off
Wet Paint, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s annual gala and auction, is Sunday, June 17, at Ramekins Culinary Center at 450 W. Spain St. This year’s theme “Feast on Art” pulls together the Valley’s culinary and arts communities and features live and silent auctions of artwork, vacation packages and entertainment experiences.
But one of the most sought after items this year is not on the auction block. The museum is raffling off two seats on an art trip to Cuba planned for next spring. Although the drawing will be at Wet Paint, tickets are available prior to the event by calling the museum at 939-7862 or visiting www.svma.org. Ticket holders need not be present to win. No more than 250 tickets will be sold.
“This really opens it up to the community,” says Kate Eilertsen, museum director. “Imagine, a chance for two people to spend a week in Cuba, seeing renowned artists in their studios, visiting the Rum and Fine Arts Museum, and dining in the fabulous home restaurants – all for a $100 ticket.”
Travel plans also include a two-day side trip to 16th-century tiny Trinidad with its Valley of Seventy Sugar Mills and French-inspired Cienfuegos.
This trip is coordinated by the California Building Bridges Foundation, a group dedicated to creating cultural connections between Americans and Cubans on a meaningful, interactive level. Ramekins co-owner Darius Anderson sits on the board of the foundation and is a supporter of many arts and cultural activities in the Valley.
The winner of the package will be part of a group of 20 from the museum going on the excursion.
Wet Paint, held at the museum the past two years, moves to Ramekins to take advantage of the courtyard space and connections to Sonoma’s culinary community. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on June 17. Event tickets are $250 and, at press time, a few tickets remained available by contacting the museum.