Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, April 25 for the Polka Dot Gala, the biggest art party of the year! Each year our annual gala is inspired by a different artist and focuses on a special theme. This year, we’re heading across the Pacific ahead of the summer Olympics to take inspiration from artist Yayoi Kusama and celebrate the city of Tokyo. Wait until you see what our gala committee has in store for you this year! All proceeds from the gala support the Delaplaine’s educational programs and community outreach.


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Thank You to Our 2019 Gala Sponsors


Our annual gala on April 27, 2019 was a tremendous success thanks to our many sponsors, contributors, auction artists, attendees, and volunteers! The event took inspiration from the art of pop art icon Andy Warhol and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, making for a stellar time as we raised funds to support our educational public programs and community outreach to underserved and at-risk audiences. The evening included delicious cuisine, music and a black light dance party, open bar, silent auction, eclectic Warhol and moon-inspired coasters sale, and more. While most galas are formal, as a community art center we’re open to a little (or a lot!) more creativity! From tin foil hats and space suits, to black tie and tails, it was come-as-you-like, in out-of-this-world style!

We thank all those who supported the event. A special thank you goes to our dedicated, creative, and multi-talented gala committee: Ted Delaplaine, Debby Hartman, Norvis Long-Parker, and Bonnie Ritter. Their vision and months of hard work hung the moon–literally!

View some images from the event below, and visit our Fly Me to the Moon Flickr album for many more photos!


George Delaplaine, Jr.
Ted Delaplaine & Todd Wilson
Frederick Magazine
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Martin Packouz | Goldman, Sachs & Co.

George B. Delaplaine, III
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Jody Clark & Gail Colangelo
James Delaplaine
John Delaplaine
Express Signs
Frederick Book Arts Center
Frederick County Bank
The Frederick News-Post
Skip & Nikki Irwin
McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond
Mount St. Mary’s University

Bestgate Wealth Advisors, LLC
Kate & John D’Amore
Paul & Rita Gordon
Sally Hedstrom Fullerton
Hood College
Norman & Margaret Huddy
Norvis Long-Parker & Kenyon R. Parker, Sr.
Kate Kuranda
Jeff & Deedee Luttrell
Myron & Nancy Randall
Ruth Randall & Ed Smith
Terrence & Jennifer Rickrode
Wegmans Food Markets
James Witt
Mike & Marlene Young


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View some images from the event below, and visit our Fly Me to the Moon Flickr album for many more photos!