Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber

5th Annual Art Gecko Show

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Name: 5th Annual Art Gecko Show
Date: August 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Event Description:
SAVE THE DATE!  STAY TUNED FOR 2019 DETAILS!!! Local Artists Create Geckos for Charity Auction Larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction at the 11th Annual Gecko Ball - Sat. 8/24/19 - 6 to 11 pm. The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept. All geckos can be seen for the first time at the Fifth Annual Art Gecko Show during an opening reception on Friday, August 2  at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The show will also feature selections from the participating artists’ regular body of work in a variety of media. The reception is free and open to the public and will also include complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. The selection of artists’ other work will continue to be displayed through the month of August, but following the reception, the geckos themselves will be moved to preview locations in venues throughout Gulfport’s Waterfront village. The geckos will then go up for auction at the 11th Annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 24th at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.  Each gecko will be a prized collector’s art work and join the ranks of nearly 80+ other geckos that have been created since the inception of the Gecko Ball. Organizers initiated the Artists’ Gecko Auction ten years ago with much success and the auction is now a popular part of the tradition of annual Gulfport Gecko-related activities in late summer. The Art Gecko Show was conceived in 2015 to highlight and show appreciation for the participating artists. The annual Gecko Ball has become known as Gulfport’s party of the year!  In addition to the live auction of the artist’s geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, the annual coronation of the Gecko Queen, catered tapas, cash bar, live music, dancing and more. The Gecko Ball will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd.). Tickets go on Sale July 4 2019 -  LOCATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Chamber For more information on the Gecko Art Show and the Gecko Ball contact John Haugen at
Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
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