Cirque de Palette! comes to Brookline

An exciting fundraiser and friend-raiser for the Brookline Arts Center will be held April 30


Artists, musicians, writers and even circus performers will be in attendance at the “Cirque de Palette! Brookline Arts Center” fundraiser party on April 30.  This star-studded gala, presented by the BAC, will raise funds for the arts center’s low-income scholarships and free ArtReach art classes for low-income children and seniors.  Building up towards the big night, Brookline artists and well-known celebrities will be taking part in the second “Palette Project.”


“We’re asking lots of brokers and prominent people that are associated with Brookline to decorate a palette,” explained gala chair Chobee Hoy, founder of Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, Inc.  “They can decorate it in any way they want; it can be silly, it can be funny, it can be decoupage, it can be paint.”


The palettes will then be displayed around Brookline in various storefront windows such as Cause for Paws, Athan’s Bakery and Brookline Booksmith, starting April 2.  Art lovers will be able to go online and participate in a silent auction for their favorite pieces before the gala, but some pieces will be reserved specifically for the live auction on the night of the “Cirque de Palette!”


“Theo Epstein, the General Manager of the Red Sox is doing a palette,” Hoy revealed. “we’ll present that at the gala.  A palette by Jill Medvedow,  the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art will also be presented at the gala.  They may not necessarily be artists, but they are prominent people and we’ll be saving their palettes.”


Tickets for the gala, which will be held at Wheelock College’s Wightman Mansion in Brookline, cost $100 each and aside from amazing art, Hoy says the night will be filled with food, drink, and endless entertainment. 


“We’re having circus performers from the Boston Circus Guild, and contortionists,” Hoy said. “We’re having giant puppets from the Puppet Show Place Theater; a wonderful little theater on Station Street. There will be dancing, thanks to a musical group called Exit 17.  It should be lots of fun and hopefully a big success for the Art Reach classes and the Center.”


Hoy believes that the money raised through the gala for the low-income art scholarships and free art classes couldn’t be going to a more worthier cause. 


“We’re living in times that are very economically tough for people,” she said. “And places like the Brookline Arts Center encourage the arts and nurture the arts.  [The BAC] is where a lot of young artists begin to see that they can really take art seriously.  Plus, art is not just young people. It’s for people of all ages.”


Hoy proposed the idea of a palette project/gala after seeing a similar event executed in Vermont about 6 years ago.   As a long time board member of the Brookline Arts Center, she was excited to bring the idea home and make it even better.  Hoy admits that she is not an artist herself, but has a deep love of and appreciation for art and hopes the upcoming “Cirque de Palette!” will be a success.  According to her, this is will be the gala’s second year in existence, but she’s not quite ready to plan a third event just yet.


“I think we’d better take this one palette at a time,” Hoy laughed.


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