The Abbe’s Gathering Gala has become a summer tradition on Mount Desert Island. Every July, we celebrate the Abbe and our work with an evening of food, drink, friendship, and philanthropy, and you’re invited to join us!
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us this year! Your support, combined with that of other artists, donors, sponsors, and guests made 2016's Gala truly remarkable. It also showed us how loved we are by our supporters, friends, and local community. Thank you for celebrating with us!
Gala attendees were treated to a special unveiling of an exciting investment we've been researching and planning for a couple of years. The importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists, as well as the local community, has led us to a very important initiative. We announced big plans that we are producing a three-day event, the Abbe Museum Indian Market, on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor, beginning in May 2018. By creating this event, we can shine a bright light on Wabanaki artists and deepen the economic impact of art making for tribal communities. Artists will be more likely to work full-time, more people will have the opportunity to make a living through art, remnant art forms will be revitalized, and innovation will have even more room to develop.
If you missed the opportunity to celebrate with us this year, please join us in 2017! More details pertaining to the date and location will be posted soon. The festive evening will begin with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by entertainment, dinner, and a live auction. The live auction features original works from Native artists, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences.
For photos from this year's event, click here!