The Craniofacial Foundation of America (CFA) will host its seventh annual Palate 2 Palette event on Saturday, April 26. Palate 2 Palette is one of Chattanooga’s most unique fundraisers featuring the best of the city’s visual, floral and culinary talent in an evening dedicated to celebrating the arts in the historic Southside District.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with the Gallery Stroll. Guests will stroll among Southside galleries to view the featured fine art, culinary art and breathtaking floral designs while meeting with artists and enjoying fine wine and cuisine. In addition, the Youth Gallery, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, will display outstanding artwork from area high school students. The theme for this year’s Youth Gallery is “Steampunk Carnivale.” A special Youth Gallery reception will be held on Friday, April 25th as an opportunity to preview the juried exhibit prior to the Gallery Stroll.
Each year, the Living Art Gallery is one of the most highly anticipated venues at Palate 2 Palette. This year’s gallery, located at Niedlov’s Breadworks, will feature James Parker, one of the most recognized artists in the fruit and vegetable sculpting industry. He is the current reigning champion of the fruit sculpture competitions on the Food Network’s hit show, Challenge. He will join P2P to create “edible fashion.”
The Debarge Winery will play backdrop for the 2014 Fashion Gallery. Local artist, Lisa Norris, will render a 3D paper dress that will be on display, while Elizabeth Marek, a sugar-pulling artist from Portland, OR, will create statement jewelry made entirely of sugar. Brenda Dellagicoma of Brenda’s Dream Cakes in New York, and Kim Simons of Cakes by Kim Simons, will make an appearance to perform mind-bending, avant-garde face painting on live models.
After it’s debut last year, the Foundation Gallery at Cobblestone Rue will return featuring artwork collaborations between local artist and CFA patients. Guests will also have an opportunity to participate in the “Reasons to Smile” auction.
Following the gallery stroll, guests are invited to the “Fire and Ice” themed Bubbles and Sweets after party at Track-29. Desserts and dancing will be accompanied by musicalselections from Willie Kitchens and his band.
Terry Smyth, executive director of the CFA said, “Palate 2 Palette is a very unique event, as it not only serves as our signature fundraiser but it also showcases Chattanooga’s love for the arts. We are immensely thankful for the support of our guests, sponsors, artists and volunteers year after year. By shining a light on the CFA through this event, we are together helping local children with facial differences lead a normal life.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Craniofacial Foundation of America. The CFA is a non-profit organization that supports the work of the Tennessee Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and Erlanger Health System. The TCC specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients of all ages with craniofacial deformities with services covering a broad range of operations and treatment from birth defects, tumors and trauma.
Patron tickets to the event are $75 per person and $150 for VIP. For tickets or information, visit www.p2pchattanooga.com and get event updates by following Palate to Palette on Facebook and Twitter.