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Zootopia

Saturday, May 9, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m., Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel


Zootopia is a gala event that will “bring the Zoo” to the Seaport District as the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel is transformed for an unforgettable evening. For the third year, Citizens Bank is proud to return as the lead sponsor of Zootopia.

This annual fundraising gala begins with a reception and silent auction followed by a spectacular dinner, live auction and dancing. Attendees are encouraged to wear animal-inspired attire.

Proceeds from Zootopia will directly benefit Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, as well as Zoo New England’s nationally-recognized education and youth programs and vital conservation initiatives.

Tickets are $300 per person. Sponsorship packages are also available.

Purchase Tickets


For event details and sponsorship opportunities for Zootopia 2015, please contact Emily Irving at 617-989-2012 or eirving@zoonewengland.com ae events stoneham bank gmc strategies eastern bank related beal baystate financial ophthalmic consultants of boston bbj citizens bank

 

2015 Sponsors

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Art Auction Items

Animal Print Tribal Necklace

Beth Williams

One of a kind, handmade tribal necklace made with flameworked glass components, customized for Zootopia.

About the Artist:

Combining glass, gold, and silver, Beth Williams creates contemporary, elegant jewelry highlighted by the rainbow of colors and textures inherent in her glass rods. Having been a studio metalsmith for many years prior to focusing on glass, Beth's designs balance all the elements in her materials, resulting in pieces that the owner can wear with comfort and pleasure.

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Bhutanese Silk on Silk Kira

55” x 92”

The Kira is the Bhutanese traditional dress for women and has been in use since at least the 16th century. This Kira was made on a backstrap loom in the Lhuntshi Valley. Typically a Kira takes up to two years to produce. It is made of silk on silk and would be typical of what female members of the royal family would wear.

Generously donated by Anne and Christopher Lewis

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Bwa Animal Mask
Burkina Faso


Bwa art focuses mainly on their boldly designed masks. Bwa masks transformed the dancer into a supernatural being and were used by the Do society at dances to promote fertility of the fields and at funerals of Do members. The geometric designs all have meanings. The checkerboard pattern symbolizes the separation of light from dark, good from evil, and female from male.

Generously donated by Hamill Gallery

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Carrera y Carrera "Equus" Earrings

Carrera y Carrera

Limited edition pair of 18 karat yellow gold Carrera y Carrera earrings, featuring a horse theme, beautifully finished, giving great contrast to the design. Each earring swoops behind the ear for a hoop like appearance.

About the Carrera y Carrera:

Its jewelry tradition and exceptional craftsmanship have made Carrera y Carrera one of the international references among jewelry brands, renowned as one of the 30 most prestigious jewelry firms in the world. The brand has become an icon of luxury due to its unique style, imaginative designs, and magnificent jewelry pieces where gold and precious stones come to life.

Generously donated by Ronnie Kanarek




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Catch of the Day


Chris William’s Bronze and Solid Hand-blown Glass Sculpture
14” x 11” x 18”

This sculpture is from Chris Williams’ Breakwater Collection. Made of forged bronze and solid hand-blown glass using traditional blacksmith skills and techniques. This piece can live inside or out.

About the Artist:

Chris Williams Sculptures specialize in custom made, one of a kind, bronze sculptures and “in home architectural pieces of art.” He has received both residential and commercial commissions throughout the region including from the city of Manchester, NH and Boston’s Logan International Airport.

 


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Crane Egg X-ray

Greg Bokor
18” x 22” Framed.
Archival Inkjet print 1/20.

About the Artist:

Greg Bokor began his career in advertising. An award-winning art director, Bokor has chosen to explore the world of fine art. Bokor's work is conceptual, eclectic and interdisciplinary, working in whatever medium is appropriate for the concept, including paint, sculpture, film and sound. Bokor is currently working on several projects, each with the hope of engaging the viewer in a personal dialogue.

Craneegg


Elephant


Ronnie Gould Sculpture
6" x 4.25" x 10"

About the Artist:

Ronnie Gould is an accomplished ceramicist. This elephant is hand built, made from raku stoneware from her Endangered Series.

Generously donated by Ronnie Gould and the LaCoste Gallery in Concord

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Embera Animal Masks

(Jaguar, Macaw, Hummingbird – auctioned separately)

The natural world of the Embera Indians of the Darien rainforest in Panama comes alive in these intricately woven masks. Their skill in basketry is used to faithfully recreate the birds and animals of their tropical home. The young Nahuala palm is harvested and the inner fiber of the palm is used as weaving materials. After the fibers have been dried, they are ready to be dyed with the jungle plants that grow in their tropical forest.

Graciously donated by Ronnie Kanarek

Masks

Equus Quagga Boehmi

Doris Howard
12” X 15” Framed

This is an original drawing of a Grant’s Zebra from the Franklin Park Zoo. Medium used was colored pencil on watercolor paper.

About the Artist:

Doris M. Howard has had a long career as an art instructor and a portraitist, exhibiting in several galleries in New England and New York. Her work is highly individual and detailed to capture the personality of her subject.

Contact the artist

Equus


Hand Painted Directors Chairs


Helen Gregory

A pair of black wood director’s chairs. The hand painted canvas covers are inspired by animal patterns.

About the Artist:

Helen Gregory is a local decorative artist who specializes in murals, painted furniture and custom wall art.

Contact the artist

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Little Joe IV


Jen Bradley Painting
8” x 16”

"Little Joe" diptych, mixed media on a wood panel.

About the Artist:

In 1994, Jen Bradley began routinely drawing the gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo. Since then she has continued to record her experiences and observations, through the process of drawing and video, which she later brings into the studio as the basis for creating her paintings.

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Spirit Guide

Gail Ann Bokor
28” x 28”
An elephant watercolor.

About the Artist:

Gail Bokor, an experimental artist, began her studies as a young child with her Jon Gnagy “You are an Artist” kid. She continued to draw and paint through adulthood and received her formal art education at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She has exhibited in multiple museums in Michigan and currently paints at her studio in Port Orange, Florida.

Spiritguide


TRUNKS


Doris Howard
30 ½” x 42 ½”

Original acrylic painting. The title was inspired by the connection to both the deforestation of trees and the illegal ivory taken from poached elephants.

About the Artist:

Doris Howard has had a long career as an art instructor and a portraitist. She has been an animal portrait artist for over 40 years.

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Vintage Indian Prayer Rug

Vintage prayer rug from India made from hand woven wool representing The Tree of Life. Ideally any small carpet or rug can be used for prayer. The term has several meanings, and few were actually intended for use during religious observances. Indian rugs can be roughly divided into geographical regions on the basis of the quality of their wool. Since this wool is rough and opaque, it probably came from the southern region and is typically referred to as an Agra carpet, from the name of that city (site of the Taj Mahal ).

Prayerrug Tree


Vintage Indian Prayer Rug

Vintage prayer rug from India made from hand woven wool representing Faith (central star) and Harmony with Nature. Ideally any small carpet or rug can be used for prayer. The term has several meanings, and few were actually intended for use during religious observances. Indian rugs can be roughly divided into geographical regions on the basis of the quality of their wool. Since this wool is rough and opaque, it probably came from the southern region and is typically referred to as an Agra carpet, from the name of that city (site of the Taj Mahal ).

Prayerrug Star

Winter Duo

Doris Howard
16 1/2 x 20 1/2, framed

This is an original drawing of the Snow Leopards from the Stone Zoo. The medium used is colored pencil on pastel paper.

About the Artist:

Doris M. Howard has had a long career as an art instructor and a portraitist, exhibiting in several galleries in New England and New York. Her work is highly individual and detailed to capture the personality of her subject.

Snowleopard

Yoruba Beaded Sash

Brightly inventive and meticulously constructed, this modern sash is based upon sashes that functioned as symbols of the owner's spiritual position and were worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses. Although they have no spiritual use, these pieces are produced by hand in Nigeria by the Yoruba people.

Beads and cowrie shells were signs of wealth and status. In addition to the Yoruba faces with vertical scarification on the cheeks, common themes include many types of animals and geometric patterns.

Generously donated by Hamill Gallery

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Anger Management

Little Joe
17 ½” x 19 ¾”, framed

About the Artist:

Little Joe, a western lowland gorilla, can be seen on exhibit inside the state-of-the-art Tropical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo. Little Joe, who is 22 years old, has a distinctive “fingerprint” painting style. Painting was introduced to him as an enrichment activity designed to provide intellectual stimulation. His medium is non-toxic finger paints on paper.

 

Angermanagment


Self Portrait

Okpara (Okie)
17 ½” x 19 ¾”, framed

About the Artist:

Okie is a western lowland gorilla who currently resides at Franklin Park Zoo. He can be seen at the state-of-the-art exhibit inside the Tropical Forest along with six other gorillas who call the Zoo home. Okie began to finger paint when he was 12 years old as an enrichment exercise designed to provide intellectual stimulation. His medium is non-toxic finger paints on paper.

 

Selfportrait

Passed hors d’oeuvres

Salad

Mixed green salad, shaved root vegetables, red onion, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette (dressed tableside)

Entrée

Honey and herb-brined chicken breast, asparagus puree, mushrooms, goat cheese and crab pillow, green onion nage

Dessert

Make your own “Perzoonality” sundae

Venue Directions and Parking

  • $32.00 event valet rate
  • $45.00 overnight rate
  • Garage parking is also available

Driving Directions

From the North
I-93 South toward Boston/Sullivan Square/Charlestown. Take Exit 23 (Purchase Street Exit).  Turn left onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Turn right at Stop sign onto Congress Street. Turn right onto D Street to main entrance.
 
From the South
I-93 North toward Boston. Take Exit 20 toward Logan Airport/Worcester/South Station. Stay on the left and take I-90 East/Mass Pike Exit toward Logan Airport/South Boston. Keep right at the fork in the ramp.  Bear right onto Congress Street and follow sign to D Street. Hotel main entrance is on D Street.
 
From the West
I-90 East/Mass Pike toward I-95/Boston (toll). Take Exit 25 toward South Boston. Bear left in the fork toward Seaport Boulevard (you will see signs for the BCEC). Turn right onto Congress Street. Turn left onto D Street for main entrance.

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Via MBTA

Red Line to South Station. Switch to the Silver Line toward Logan Airport. Descend at the Silver Line Way stop or World Trade Center stop. Hotel is between the two MBTA stops.

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