Gala 5 Recap

November 13, 2018 | | View Comments

Design Museum Portland celebrated its fifth birthday with a sea of orange at Gala 5 at Jupiter NEXT on November 1. Our inaugural gala was an inspirational success, thanks to our amazing community of designers and supporters! Over 200 attendees decked out in their most creative orange gathered to celebrate Portland’s vibrant design community, raising funds for future programs.

If you missed Gala 5 (or want to relive the experience), check out some of our favorite moments from the evening!

The Silent Auction

Handpicked goods and experiences showcased the creative ingenuity of Portland’s local artists and craftspeople. Some of the items donated from over 40 local businesses included original artwork from Maja Dlugolecki, hand-crafted furniture from Matthew Williams, exclusive tickets to Portland’s hottest performances, and Beer for a Year from Lagunitas. Although this auction was silent, the sponsors and bidders both deserve a very loud round of applause!

Curated Experiences

For one night, Design Museum Portland transformed the Jupiter NEXT into an orange extravaganza. Thanks to incredible creative thinkers from Luma Lighting Design, Second Story, Environments NW, and Workplace Resource of Oregon, we were able to provide a one-of-a-kind galactic ceiling installation, an interactive shadow puppet show, and sleek lounges to rest on after dancing the night away.


Costume Contest

Gala 5 Portland-ized the suit and tie affair, asking our guests to wear their most creative orange cocktail attire. The competition was fierce and the fashion was vibrant, with the winner earning an upcoming feature in the Design Museum magazine, featured coverage on Design Museum social media, two free tickets to Gala 6 in 2019, a two-hour design review from Portland Apparel Lab, and an individual portrait session from Artistic Bliss Portraits. With all of the competition for this year’s Best Dressed, we can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year!



Snacks and Sips

Art of Catering’s passed hors d’oeuvres combined flavor and design flawlessly, with delectable bites for every palate and diet. Including Oregon chanterelles and leeks in a crème fraiche puff pastry, white bean puree with vegan pesto on house made chickpea crackers, and fried chicken on mini biscuits with local honey butter, these snacks kept us satiated throughout the night. To wash down all of these tasty nibbles, we indulged on wine, beer, cocktails, and kombucha.

From neighboring Carlton Oregon, Ken Wright cellars showcased crisp and refreshing pinots from the Willamette Valley: a light, grassy pinot blanc and a bold and vibrant pinot noir. For suds, Lagunitas hooked us up with their Caramel Malt barley IPA and their hoppy pale wheat ale, Little Sumpin’.

Our signature cocktail, The Fifth Element, was all the rage. Created by local favorite Westward Whiskey, we sipped on this concoction of whiskey, vermouth, and campari as we danced the night away. For those looking to keep a clear head, a glass of the peach blossom kombucha from Happy Mountain provided the effervescence to lift our spirits.

Design Museum Portland would like to thank all of their guests, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made the night possible! Get ready for Gala 6 in 2019!

If you want to help support Design Museum Portland’s future programming, please donate to the Annual Fund.

To see more photos from Gala 5, please click here.