The Center for Creative Education asked local designers to create table pieces for their “Education Meets the Arts” Spring Gala March 5, 2020 at the Norton Museum of Art.
For its “Education Meets the Arts” Spring Gala on Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Education commissioned local designers to create a "tablescape“ inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.
Twenty-four designers and interior designer firms, 10 of whom are based in Palm Beach, participated in the project, including Caitlin Deasy Kah of Kemble Interiors, Gil Walsh Interiors, and The Silver Fund.
CCE President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Hamon said the idea for the project came from one of the center’s board members who participated in the “Art in Bloom” fine art festival at the St. Louis Art Museum.
“’Art in Bloom’ is not a gala itself, but a floral arrangement competition that is on exhibit there,” Hamon said. “We decided to translate the idea into our gala by taking the floral element out and letting designers be inspired by pieces from the Norton.”
CCE staff members went to the museum to select which pieces would be used and 30 were eventually chosen. Designers were then invited to a random drawing Dec. 19.
The artworks chosen for inspiration varies in diversity and visual interest, ranging from Louise Nevelson’s ’’Sky Cathedral’’ to Claude Monet’s ’’Gardens of the Villa Moreno’’ to a colorful Qing Dynasty jar.
Kah, for example, was influenced by artist Paul Klee’s background and the painting “Twigs in Autumn.”
“We took inspiration for our table from the deep colors in ’Twigs in Autumn’ and Paul Klee’s time spent in Tunisia,“ Kah said. ”We are using heavily textured natural woven materials with wonderful palm seed pods in woven containers as the centerpiece. We chose palm seed pods rather than a traditional flower centerpiece because of his tree-like symbols in ’Twigs in Autumn’ and also felt the palms were a nod to the tropics we live in.”
Guests were able to see the finished designs at the gala’s cocktail party, where they had the opportunity to interact with each of the designers and view all the tables.
After the gala, the Norton Museum will chose five table pieces for the most creative design while the others will be given back to the designers and firms, said Hamon.
CCE students’ pieces and projects also will be exhibited and a live art performance will take place during the cocktail party.