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John Lamb, Published May 05 2013

VIDEO: Warhol-themed Spring Gala shines a spotlight on 500 Plains Art Museum patrons

FARGO - The 15 minutes of fame stretched into five hours of fun Saturday night at the Plains Art Museum’s Andy Warhol-themed Spring Gala.

The 500 patrons who attended the $100-ticket event got the star treatment, entering the museum to the camera flashes of staff paparazzi.

Some guests even dressed for the “icon” theme, coming as noted personalities. Entrepreneur Doug Burgum went as New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio and his date, Kathryn Helgaas, dressed as “Joltin’ ” Joe’s wife, Marilyn Monroe. Photographer Meg Spielman Peldo channeled artist Frida Kahlo, painter Karen Bakke dressed as Cleopatra, and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Director Linda Boyd came as Mary Poppins.

“We’ve discovered people really like a costume theme,” said Colleen Sheehy, director and CEO of the Plains, sporting a bouffant hairdo and dressed as a member of 1960s girl group.

Music was a major part of the evening with Diane Miller and the Silver Daggers playing early and Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome ending the night on a good note.

It was the first gala since the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity opened in the fall. The west addition hosted the silent art auction, featuring works by more than 90 artists, which brought in more than $40,000.

Not all of the art was on the walls. A fashion show displaying works from Stevie Famulari, Revolver and Salon Why? brought cheers from the crowd, and choreography by Laurie Van Wieren turned heads all night.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533