Brilliant coming Saturday


If you've been following the Galleries of Contemporary Art on social media, you know this already: Brilliant, its annual fundraiser happening Saturday, is going to be all that and a bag of chips.

If you haven't, here's what's coming:

Performances from: Idris Goodwin, emcee, hip-hop artist, playwright and subject of a recent Indy cover storyGrupo Folklorico del Pueblo; Samba dancers; parkour and breakdancing from the Pikes Peak Trickers; music from Desmond Mowtown Washington; and Mario Zoots and Jeromie Dorrance, DJs and digital collage artists.

Installations from Matt Barton and Aaron Smith. Barton's "God's Eye Wall" should be quite impressive, given Barton's incredible talent, and I've had the pleasure of catching Smith's "Synergy Project 1" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. A gorgeous installation, it's a sparkly acrylic orb that projects cool shadows.
Barton's "God's Eye Wall." - COURTESY GOCA.
  • Courtesy GOCA.
  • Barton's "God's Eye Wall."
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Smith's "Synergy Project 1" - COURTESY GOCA
  • Courtesy GOCA
  • Smith's "Synergy Project 1"
A five-course dinner preceding the party has sold out, but you can still enjoy desserts afterwards, as well as tastings from local craft spirit distilleries and locales, such as: Distillery 291, Axe and the Oak Distillery, Lee Spirits Co., The Principal's Office and Nosh. You can also win prizes, such as tattoo time and a piece of art from Donald Fodness, who showed at GOCA in late 2014.

According to GOCA's Nicole Anthony, the party has been moved indoors to the Plaza of the Rockies, given the weather forecast. "Which I’m actually excited about since we’ll be able to do more light installations and give people a different experience from BRILLIANT's (sic) past," she says via email.

Best of all, tickets to (the award-winning) Brilliant are just $25, or $35 at the door. That's pretty reasonable for a nice party. And if you're still not convinced, watch this video of last year's party to get an idea of what's to come.

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