Vinyl & Velvet: Pinot to Picasso Vintage 1968, May 18

In celebration of the Arts Council of Princeton’s 50th year, the theme of their signature spring art and wine benefit, Pinot to Picasso is Vinyl & Velvet 1968. The ‘art party’ will take place on Friday, May 18 from 6-10pm at the Technology Center of Princeton, 330 Carter Road, Princeton, New Jersey. Approximately 400 guests are expected to attend the celebration to include a salon-style exhibition, gourmet tastings from local restaurants, wines from around the world and dancing.

“Expect to be transported to the eclectic urban art and music scene of 1968 — a time that had a profound impact on the culture in our country and marked the beginning of the Arts Council of Princeton. Art-lovers always enjoy this event. We transform raw space into an amazing loft party. This year, rad dress code is encouraged,” said Dawn McClatchy, ACP Trustee and Pinot to Picasso Event Co-Chair.

One of the highlights of the evening is the “Tombola,” an Italian-style lottery where every ticket holder wins an original work of art. More than 75 beautiful original works of art donated were donated by talented local artists. The number of Tombola tickets available is limited to the number of pieces of art. Tombola ticket holders, having already previewed the available choices, make a quick decision when their number is drawn. In the end, each Tombola ticket holder takes home a unique work of art.

“We love the format of Pinot to Picasso – it’s anything BUT your typical nonprofit fundraiser. It attracts a diverse group of people from the local art scene – artists and art enthusiasts,” offered Courtney Brettle, Arts Council of Princeton’s Development Director. “The throw-back theme is going to be particularly fun because we know this crowd is lively and enjoys dressing in theme.”

Funds raised from Pinot to Picasso contribute, in part, to the Arts Council’s Anne Reeves Fund, which supports Community Arts initiatives and the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Tickets for Pinot to Picasso are $125 for a Taster (event) ticket and $300 for a Tombola entry. Sponsorship tickets are available starting at $500. Purchase tickets online at or call 609.924.8777 x 109.

Preview the artwork at the Pinot to Picasso Exhibition at the Arts Council’s Pop-Up Studio in the Princeton Shopping Center next to Metropolis Spa & Salon, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. May 9-15, 2018, with a special Preview Opening Reception on May 10 at 6pm. Please visit for viewing times at the Pop-Up Studio.  


The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. For more information, visit or call 609.924.8777.

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