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Tickets available for PhotoGALA fundraiser, set for Dec. 8

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Tickets are now available for the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s annual PhotoGALA Benefit Party and Auction, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Musee Conti Historical Wax Museum in the French Quarter.

Tickets are $20, and may be purchased through the website of PhotoNOLA, the Crescent City’s annual festival of photography. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

The auction and benefit will be a highlight of this year’s sixth annual festival, which will include a series of workshops, lectures and porfolio reviews from Thursday, Dec. 8. through Sunday, Dec. 11, and exhibitions to run through the month of December 2011.

PhotoGALA is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m., with a live auction beginning at 8 p.m. The auction is to be feature works by renowned photographers including Jock Sturges, Thomas Neff, Lori Vrba, John Chervinsky, Louviere+Vanessa, Lori Waselchuk, Josephine Sacabo and Richard Sexton.

Examples of the work being auctioned are shown below. A full preview can be found at the PhotoNOLA website.

All proceeds will benefit the Photo Alliance, a non-profit organization created in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South region.

The event is not just an auction, however. Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns will be providing the music for the evening, for instance. Meanwhile, locally brewed beer will be served, compliments of NOLA Brewery, while hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Jazz Sushi, Whole Foods, Jacques-Imo’s and La Divina Gelateria.

“Gala guests can eat, drink, and dance, bid on fantastic photographs, and feel good about the fact that all this fun will support the year-round programming initiatives of the New Orleans Photo Alliance,” said NOPA President Sesthasak Boonchai.

Cocktail attire is suggested. The Musee Conti is located at 917 Conti Street in New Orleans.

Priya Kambli – Blue Dibiya

Louviere + Vanessa – Muse
Lori Vrba – Cello
John Chervinski – Where Fruit Comes From