dream gala

Dream the PEM Gala 2014

DREAM, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party
Saturday, November 8, 2014


Join us for DREAM the PEM Gala & Auction as we celebrate art, culture and creativity. This year’s theme is inspired by the world of dreams and the abstract. Immersive environments will spark your imagination along with unique entertainment and art experiences throughout the museum. The Gala will begin with cocktails, dinner and a live auction then end with a dance party until midnight. Explore the minds of our artists and what their dreams inspire them to create for this very special night. It’s more than a party; it's an experience.

Proceeds from DREAM, the 2014 PEM Gala & Auction, provide necessary support for the museum’s education, outreach and public programs. Your support is appreciated.

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Levels of Support

Dinner & Auction – SOLD OUT

• 6:00 pm start time
• Cocktail Hour
• Plated Dinner
• Auction
• Open Bar
• Attire: creative black tie
• Dancing until Midnight
• Artist curated experiences

For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.

DREAM Dance Party – SOLD OUT

• 9:00 pm start time
• Open Bar
• Dancing until Midnight
• Artist curated experiences
• Dessert

Member Price $75
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Non-Member Price $100
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For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.

Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact (978)-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org if interested in more details.

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The Marinelli Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Prince Charitable Trusts
Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
Windover Construction

First Republic Bank
Siemasko + Verbridge

In-Kind Support Provided By:
Be Our Guest
The Journeyman Press
Melita Fiore Patisserie
Port Lighting

Premier Furniture Sponsor
Reserve Modern Event Rental
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Exclusive Media Partner:
WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station

For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.


Be transported by our featured artists and artistic minds. Creative experience rooms will feature opportunities to interact with guests and artists and activities designed to engage the senses.

Follow the light paths among the museum galleries to our DREAM experience rooms. Dream inspired installations created by our featured artists for this very special night.

Dreamscape, an aerial installation and floating sculpture by Janice Lee Kelly

The Conversation, an installation Gary Graham and Meredith Monk

Somnium, a performance and sound installation by Glenna Van Nostrand and Willa Van Nostrand

For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.

Auction & Raffle Items

Help us reach our fundraising goals by planning to bid at our Auction.

Auction items

24-Hour New York City Contemporary Art Adventure for 2, with Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith

You and a guest will travel to New York City where Trevor will serve as your personal guide to the world of contemporary art. You will experience blockbuster exhibitions and exciting new discoveries in Chelsea's converted industrial spaces and architect-designed showcases. After lunch at one of the art world's favorite meeting places, Trevor will take you on a special studio visit for a behind-the-scenes look at how an artist's creativity is brought to life. You will finish the day over dinner at one of the city's finest restaurants. Travel and accommodations are not included in this offer.
Estimated Value: $4,000


Choose Your Own Adventure for 10, with Chief of Education and Interpretation Juliette Fritsch

What better way to celebrate your time as a family than by having fun and learning together! Working with you, Juliette and her team will design an exciting age-appropriate program for children in either the Maker Lounge or Create Space. (The adults will have just as much fun joining in!) It's your choice. Perhaps you would like an introduction to 3-D printing? Or explore and create art using our printing press to screen your own T-shirts? Or create movable light-up sculptures with cardboard and circuit stickers? Before your activities, listen to a disc jockey spin the latest tunes while you enjoy a light meal with refreshments generously provided by The Catered Affair. This package is subject to museum space and caterer availability. Blackout dates may apply.
Estimated Value: $5,000


Dutch Art Adventure for 2, with Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, March 8–14, 2015

Join world-renowned Dutch art collectors Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo in the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime art experience. After arriving in Amsterdam, you will spend the first half of your trip exploring the city's most important centers of art and culture as you enjoy private tours of the legendary Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, as well as the Mauritshuis in The Hague, all personally arranged by Eijk and Rose-Marie. Over a day's lunch, they will share their expansive knowledge of their favorite city and their most cherished art work. You will then travel by car to Maastricht to attend the invitation-only opening of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), the world's greatest art and antiques fair. While at TEFAF, one of PEM's curatorial experts will be your guide to the masterpieces of art and design on view from 275 of the world's most prestigious galleries. The following day you can continue to explore the fair's treasures as well as the city's museums, historic center and shops. On your last day, take part in the annual champagne buffet luncheon at the fair hosted by PEM with friends from near and far. Don't miss this unique view of the Netherlands! Round-trip economy class airfare from Boston to Amsterdam, round-trip car service from Amsterdam to Maastricht and accommodations in Amsterdam and Maastricht are included. Additional local transportation, meals and beverages are not included in this offer.
Estimated Value: Priceless ($10,000 for tax purposes)


An Evening of Chinese Fashion, Architecture and Music for 10, with Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art Daisy Wang

Join Daisy in unraveling the stories of the rare treasures from PEM's Chinese fashion collection that are only available to see on this special excursion. From a yellow dragon robe worn by an emperor, to gilt hairpins decorated with kingfisher feathers, pearls and jade, and slippers for bound "lotus" feet, Daisy will share her new research on their manufacture, use and meaning in the context of changing fashion in China from the 18th to the early 20th century. Afterward, you and your guests will enjoy live traditional Chinese music while Daisy takes you on an exclusive lantern-lit tour of Yin Yu Tang to share the stories of clothing culture featured throughout the house. Your authentic Chinese dinner in the Atrium is donated by The Catered Affair. This package is subject to museum space availability, caterer availability and seasonal weather. Blackout dates may apply.
Estimated Value: $7,000


Painting by Renowned Boston Artist Julia von Metzsch

Specifically created for PEM's DREAM gala, Julia von Metzsch's new work masterfully captures both the spiritual and practical aspects of the ocean scape that have been a source of inspiration throughout her life and childhood spent in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Her paintings vividly bring to life the themes of love, death and hallucination. After receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from Boston University, Julia has returned to Boston University as an MFA Painting Fellow at the School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts. Her work is shown by Gallery NAGA of Boston.
Estimated Value: $1,200


Raffle Items


Alexis Bittar Gray Lucite Hinged Bracelet and Crystal Drop Earrings Set
Alexis Bittar credits Iris Apfel as his muse. Inspired by the exhibition Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, this item celebrates the creative spirits of Iris and Alexis. Widely hailed as one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century, Bittar quickly went from selling his jewelry on the streets of New York City's chic SoHo neighborhood to having his eponymous line sold in more than 34 countries around the world. Using Lucite and semi-precious stones and metals, his work has been featured in Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Women's Wear Daily and he has collaborated with legendary stylist and costume designer Patricia Field for Sex and the City, along with Burberry, Michael Kors and Jason Wu.
Value: $400


Stephen Jones Millinery Ivory Wool Felt Beret
This accessory reminds us to celebrate the panache and transformative power of the hat. After all, people are still abuzz over the 2012 exhibition Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. Using radical materials and employing designs that range from the refined to the whimsical, Stephen Jones has for the last 33 years crafted quixotic hats, including selections for the late Diana, Princess of Whales. His era-defining edge continues to attract the attention of celebrities such as burlesque performer Dita von Teese, Mick Jagger and Rihanna, among others.
Value: $500


Bao Bao Issey Miyake Magenta Clutch
Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion pushed our concept of beauty and fashion in a new direction. This Issey Miyake clutch, from the new LUCENT series for Autumn/Winter 2014, does the same. With inspiration taken from the modern Tokyo, the series features a combination of the vibrant colors resembling sci-fi robots like Gundam. This purple-pink PRISM mini, which can be carried as a clutch or wristlet, is sleek, urban and fun. Take your fashion sensibility into the future with this shimmering accessory.
Value: $400


Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar in Alpine White
Take home the same type of guitar that the finches played in from here to ear, FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. The 2013 Les Paul Studio electric guitar blends timeless tonewoods and components, powerful humbucking pickups with built-in coil-splitting switching for the added versatility of single-coil tones and the classic looks that define it as an iconic Gibson Les Paul. Donated by Hoyt Ludington in honor of Rose-Marie van Otterloo.
Value: $1,000


One-Year Peabody Essex Museum Sponsor-Level Membership for 2
Become a part of the PEM family as you enjoy exhibition openings and receptions, a year of complimentary admission for you and two guests, and admission at more than 600 other participating museums throughout North America for you and a guest. You will also receive a subscription to our award-winning members' magazine Connections, complimentary admission to our uniquely entertaining monthly PEM/PM evening parties and a 10 percent discount at our award-winning shop and our Café and Garden Restaurant.
Value: $180


Iconic Charles and Ray Eames Elephant Sculpture
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way featured this engaging sculpture last year, a testament to Charles and Ray Eames' fascination with elephants that's also visible in their captivating photography of Indian culture and the circus world. They designed a tribute to these gentle giants in molded plywood, but the complex fabrication methods kept them from production. The two prototypes were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1945–46. As a tribute to the Eames' original vision, the Vitra company in Germany produces a special plastic version of the elephant in whimsical colors that enchant adults and children alike.
Value: $350


Two Strandbeest Kits
Get ready for the 2015 exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen by making two miniature beests yourself. Artist Theo Jansen is world-renowned for his kinetic "beach animals" that blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. Made out of PVC tubes, plastic bottles and recycled materials, the Strandbeests respond to the wind with uncanny lifelike locomotion and react to changes in environmental conditions with beauty and grace.
Value: $70


For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.


The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to present our 2014 Dream, PEM Gala Committee.

Gala Committee

Honorary Chair
Rose-Marie van Otterloo

Ana B. Colmenero

Gala Committee
Karen A. Bratt
Lauren Gudonis
Tracey Hartford
Monica Healey
Maryann Knight-Ekberg
Jean Nichols
Jacqueline M. Rosenthal
Molly Ryan
Jean Verbridge
Jill C. Weise

Dance Committee
Chair: Eden Gudonis
Joseph Davies
Melis Dural
Marci Howard
Gina Jacob
Erica Marinelli
Sheila Peretti
Jessica Radford
Charlotte Riggs

For more information contact 978-542-1611 or email gala@pem.org.