Ocean Springs, Miss. – Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs will host its annual fundraising event, Gala XXV Gone to China Presented by Beau Rivage, on Saturday, May 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s Magnolia Ballroom. The gala helps provide support for the museum, which showcases the works of Walter Inglis Anderson and the Anderson family.
Inspiration for this year’s theme comes from Anderson’s impromptu trip to China in 1949. Rather than travel to New York City where his work was being featured, Anderson put a note on his front door that simply said, “Gone to China.” His trip was brief but resulted in a small body of work focusing on the Chinese culture and creatures of Kowloon Bay.
“Few people know of Anderson’s trip to China or the artwork it inspired,” said WAMA Executive Director Rosemary Roosa. “We are excited to share this period of his life. Beau Rivage always does an amazing job implementing our theme, and we know our guests will be impressed.”
The event will include dinner, silent and live auctions featuring the work of Coast artists and live music. As presenting sponsor, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is underwriting the event costs, so all proceeds raised will directly benefit the museum. Sponsors and artists who donate to the silent auction will also be invited to the Artists’ Party at WAMA on April 25.