Imagine Gala

Imagine the PEM Gala 2015 lock-up

IMAGINE, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party
Saturday, November 7, 2015


Join us for IMAGINE, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party as we celebrate art, culture and creativity. This year's Gala is inspired by the theme of Imagination. Discover with us how PEM inspires innovation and creative expression in our communities as we celebrate Carolyn and Peter Lynch as our Gala Honorees. Imagine with us immersive environments created just for this night throughout the museum's galleries. The Gala will begin with cocktails, dinner and a live auction then end with a dance party until midnight. It's more than a party; it's an experience.

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

Dinner & Auction

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

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Dance Party

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

Dance Party tickets are available at the door.

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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.

Music Lounge Experience

Jamie Edwards

Jamie Edwards is a musical talent: a multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter whose studio and touring work has taken him around the world with a who's who of diverse artists including Aimee Mann, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Ben Gibbard, The Cult, Lori McKenna, Ron Sexsmith, Grant-Lee Phillips, Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams. He was the music director for Italian performance artist Maria Cassi's "My Life With Men And Other Animals" directed by Peter Schneider (Lion King producer). His compositions include pop songs, piano music and electronic music. At PEM's gala this expert pianist and synthesizer specialist will be performing his original compositions for solo keyboard.

Photo by Scott Silva

Duke Levine

Guitarist Robert "Duke" Levine was born and raised in Worcester, MA. He moved to Boston to study music and graduated from the New England Conservatory. In addition to releasing four records of instrumental guitar music, Duke Levine divides his time between the studio and the road. He has recorded and/or performed live with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash, Lee Ann Womack, The J. Geils Band, Aimee Mann, Jonatha Brooke, Kathy Mattea, The Del Fuegos, Otis Rush, The Boston Pops, Bono, and many others. TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits, and Soundstage. You can hear his playing on film scores such as "Lone Star", "The Opposite Of Sex", "Passion Fish", "Honeydripper" and "Music Of The Heart". Duke's work has been recognized by the Boston Music Awards ("Unsung Hero" of 2006, "Outstanding Instrumentalist" of 1995). At the Imagine Gala, the Duke Levine Band will fuse elements of jazz, blues, soulful country, surf rock, blindingly fast chicken-picking, and atmospheric pop into a wondrous and mesmerizing collage of sound.

Kimon Kirk

Singer-songwriter, bassist, and album producer Kimon Kirk has worked with a wide range of artists including Aimee Mann, Grant-Lee Phillips, Session Americana, Sarah Borges, Amy Correia, Lori McKenna, Gaby Moreno, Dennis Brennan, PEM's Kerry Schneider, and many other musicians of diverse musical stripes. His own original band, the Meds, comprised of some of the finest musicians in Boston, encompasses catchy pop, late-night jazz, countrified soul, and whatever else suits their fancy. Kimon has been an invited guest lecturer on songwriting and music performance at Berklee College of Music, Georgetown University, Boston College, Boston University, and Suffolk University. At PEM's gala he will be performing songs with his trio. Kimon curated the Music Lounge for the Imagine Gala.

Photo by Liz Linder

Global Wine, Sake and Tasting Experience with Curator Daisy Wang
Enjoy a special tasting complemented with more than 30 highlights from the museum's wide-ranging Chinese art collection that might depict a lively drinking party, an opulent royal wedding or a poetic evocation of spring. This intimate exhibition celebrates China's artistic achievements over 3,000 years crystallized in the objects and works of art used during seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations.

Photography and Mixology with Curators Austen Barron Bailly and Sarah Kennel
Inspired by the 6:30 am, Robert Weingarten photography installation of Malibu, local mixologists will create custom cocktails inspired by what's trending in the U.S. and in particular California. Stop by for a photo booth experience, dessert display and lounge.

Strandbeest Experience with Trevor Smith
Experience the amazing kinetic sculptures created by artist Theo Jansen with our Curator of the Present Tense. Demonstrations, videos and Trevor's personal stories about Theo and his wind-powered beests will transport you to a sandy beach in the Netherlands.

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Live and silent auction items

2015 Auctioneer:
Karen Keane

As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world's leading auction houses, the largest in New England and a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace.

Karen brings her lifelong passion for art, antiques and the study of material culture to bear for Skinner's business. In addition to running the company, she is also one of firm's most versatile appraisers, possessing a broad knowledge of furniture, and fine and decorative arts. She is also a formidable presence at the auction podium, and became the company's first female auctioneer early in her career.


Auction items

1. Keep Pace with a Strandbeest and Audemars Piguet!

Enjoy the beautiful and timeless combination of stellar mechanics and exemplary design in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak table clock. Reminiscent of the iconic Royal Oak wristwatch, the large glass is secured by a polished and brushed octagonal bezel and the rectangular base is made in a high-quality dark brown leather with white stitching. Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families. Since 1875, the company has created watches in limited series in the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura. Audemars Piguet is the national sponsor of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. You and up to five guests will also enjoy a private tour of PEM's sensational exhibition with Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense. The exclusive tour will be followed by a cheese-and-wine pairing expertly curated by the wine director and cheesemonger at the Cheese Shop of Salem.
Value: $5,000


2. Multisensory South Asia Experience for 20 at PEM in February

Join Sona Datta, Curator of Indian and South Asian Art, on a journey through the art and history of the culturally rich lands of South Asia. You will explore Sona's vision for South Asian art at PEM and accompany her on a private tour of her current exhibition, MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets, as well as Intersections, a new installation by Anila Agha in which a single light bulb and an intricately laser-cut wooden box fill the gallery with shadows that reference Islamic filigree. Afterward, join Sona in your own VIP lounge at PEM's Sufi Dance Party for some South Asian-inspired nibbles and cocktails. Sona is also the creator and presenter of the critically acclaimed BBC series Treasures of the Indus, released this fall in the U.K. A private screening of the series can be arranged. Cocktail reception is generously donated by Vinwood Caterers. Limited to 20 guests. Dance event will be held in February 2016.
Value: $10,000


3. Imagine, You Are a Curator!

This unique experience lets you and a guest delve deep into the collection on a day of private, behind-the-scenes tours with a curator of your choice! Inspect PEM's vast treasure trove of photographs with Sarah Kennel, our new Curator of Photography; marvel over Chinese textiles with Daisy Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art; or survey 18th-century porcelain dinner services with Karina Corrigan, The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art. Select a particular work of art to commemorate your excursion, to be arranged for display in the museum. On the night of its unveiling, you and 10 guests will be invited for a private wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Selected object will be on view with your name or in tribute to your choice of individual for up to one year. Reception is generously donated by Capers Catering.
Value: $7,000


4. An Exclusive Evening of Cocktails, Canapes and Storytelling

Leave your everyday life behind and take to the seafaring life in high style. Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, will take you and a group to the Salem Marine Society's hidden Ship's Cabin at the top of Salem's Hawthorne Hotel. This secret members' room is a hybrid time capsule and museum and there is no one better than Dan to help you explore this replica of a Salem trading ship. Explore 250 years of history and imagine "blackballing" crewmates in the consuming, paneled room that will transport you directly to a ship's cabin. This experience will allow you to play pretend for one unforgettable evening! Limited to 10 guests. Space is not handicapped accessible.
Value: $5,000


5. Native Fashion Now Custom-Designed Art

Work one-on-one with designer Pat Pruitt, a celebrated artist featured in our upcoming Native Fashion Now exhibition, to create a work of art specifically designed for you and a loved one. Your piece could range from matching bracelets, to a set of earrings, to an amazing belt buckle/bolo tie set, to a showpiece worthy of the Peabody Essex Museum's permanent collection. The sky is truly the limit for this exclusive IMAGINE 2015 GALA opportunity! Piece(s) will be made to reflect the final auction bid price and may take up to one year to complete.
Value: $10,000


6. Cuban Contemporary Art Adventure for Two, February 22–26, 2016

You and a guest will travel from Miami to romantic Havana with a group of PEM companions to tour this beautiful city frozen in time. Along with your hosts — artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, a Cuban native; Deputy Director Josh Basseches; and Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith — you'll experience Havana's cultural, artistic and culinary highlights, architecture and nightlife. Prior to your adventure, learn more about Cuba's distinctive art and culture during a fabulous dinner with Magda, Josh and Trevor here in Salem. Magda's exhibition, Alchemy of the Soul (opening at PEM January 9, 2016), ignites the senses and our emotional awareness of place, memory, identity and labor associated with Cuba, her childhood home. Includes travel planning assistance, round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, five nights at a deluxe hotel, and all meals and excursions while in Cuba.
Value: $17,000


Silent Auction Items



During your confidential meeting, Financial Advisor and Planning Specialist Domenic Marinelli will develop a goals-based financial plan that includes retirement planning projections, an education funding analysis, an estate planning discussion and portfolio analysis.



Enjoy a private cider tasting with up to 10 guests at the newly opened Far From the Tree in Salem. This unique experience — perfect for an afternoon with friends — will immerse you in the makings of handcrafted hard cider. During the tasting, the head cider maker will guide you through the pairings of ciders with a selection of hors d'oeuvres. The winning bidder will arrange a date of their choosing.
Value: $200



Sit back and embark on a scenic flight for you and two guests in a Cessna 182 charter aircraft over Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket or Provincetown. Your flight with an FAA certified pilot leaves from and returns to Beverly Airport. Experience the best Massachusetts scenery, all from your own private place in the sky!
Value: $1,600



Enjoy an evening of Middle Eastern music and dance for you and 10 of your friends with premier belly dancer Marcellina. You will learn about the exhilarating rhythms in the music (Khaleegy, Saidi, Shaabi), watch films of the top dancers in the world to experience different styles (tribal, cabaret, Egyptian, Lebanese), and practice the intricate articulations of the dance using veils and drums. Come feel the power in these ancient movements in a fun, enchanting way in the comfort of your home. Marcellina has danced professionally for more than 20 years and has performed with top artists including Paul McCartney, the Go-Go's and the B-52s.
Value: $600



Join three watercolor artists for a trio of lessons to explore a new passion or revitalize a forgotten hobby. An introductory lesson with Walter Jacob will familiarize you with techniques and materials. Sander van Otterloo will discuss works by the masters and further explore technique. Jacob Higginbottom ( will put the finishing touches on your experience by introducing you to the finer points of traditional composition and developing your painting skills. Materials included.
Value: Materials $500 | Art Lessons $1000



Spend a weekend in a gorgeously appointed condo in Manchester- by-the-Sea! Next summer, you and up to three friends will stay for two nights in this beautiful two bedroom, two bath condo just a three-minute walk to the quaint downtown. You can enjoy fine dining and shops, or drive to nearby Singing Beach. This experience is great for a family or two couples — perfect for a weekend getaway! Available for Friday night to Sunday during summer 2016, excluding July 4th weekend.
Value: $600



Enjoy dinner for six at Foreign Affairs Wine Bar & Bistro in Manchester-by-the-Sea at the exclusive chef's table. The head chef will prepare a five-course menu for you and your guests, with a wine pairing for each plate. This unique experience is available on any mutually agreed upon Wednesday or Thursday night with more than one week's notice.
Value: $800


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The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to present our 2015 Imagine, PEM Gala Committee.

In Honor Of
Carolyn and Peter Lynch

Karen Bratt

Gala Committee
Hilary Esdaile
Lauren Gudonis
Marci Johnson
Walter Jacob
Karen Keane
George Howard
Erica Marinelli
Molly Ryan

Dance Committee
Eden Davies
Joe Davies
Jessica Radford
Melis Dural
Charlotte Riggs
Amy Kingman
Andrew Kingman

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