Fort Collins Museum of Art and Articulate City host masquerade

A Venziana mask from Verona, Italy.
A Venziana mask from Verona, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fort Collins Museum of Art will host an after-hours masquerade party put on by Articulate City tonight from 7 to 9 p.m.

‘Masks at MOA’ is a yearly event at the Fort Collins Museum of Art that embraces the liveliness of Northern Colorado art culture. Every April over 150 local artists, students and other community members turn ceramic masks into works of art. The youngest member of this year’s exhibition is a fifth grader at local Bennett Elementary School. Her mask, entitled “Safari at Sunset,” is a part of the show this year, and shines among even its counterparts’ contributions.

“There are 206 masks in our exhibition this year, and all the masks are donations from the artists to support the museum,” said general museum manager Gloria Borensen.

With more contributions than ever before, the “Masks at Moa” is a very colorful and creative set this year for the first ever “After Hours Masquerade Party,” Being put on by Articulate City and hosted by the museum this will be a late night event offering a unique opportunity to see the art that Fort Collins has to offer while supporting the community.

“Articulate City is an arts and social club trying to get people of the 21-45 age demographic involved with art and culture around Fort Collins,” said Jeanie Sutter, one of the creators behind the club. “We plan creative monthly arts events that bring us together as a group to have fun in a relaxed and friendly environment.”

The After Hours Masquerade Party will be available to members and non-members alike, and will be cheaper if you buy in advance. Members pay $15 dollars in advance and $20 dollars at the door, non- members pay $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

“Included in your fee is two drinks, food, music and dancing, and also a private exhibition that includes education about the masks from featured artists,” said Jeannie. “It will be cocktail party attire and masks are recommended, but we will be accepting of all garbs.”

In support of Articulate City’s mission of giving back to the Fort Collins arts community, a portion of the proceeds will benefit an Articulate City mask sponsorship that goes to the Museum’s fundraiser. Articulate City events like these have contributed thousands of dollars to the Fort Collins local economy.

Supporting your community has never been so easy and fun, so come flaunt a marvelous mask down at the afterhours masquerade tonight from 7 to 9 p.m.

Entertainment Writer Emily Senkosky can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com