Christy Berry Chairs Prelude Lights at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Inaugural “Prelude” to Aurora



Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Christy Berry will be one busy agent tomorrow night. Christy is the chair of the first private fundraiser event for Prelude Lights, which takes place Thursday evening at the AT&T Performance Art Center. Prelude is a “prelude” to Aurora, a multi-night, city-wide arts event designed to promote public media art.

Thursday’s VIP event will feature a performance by Denton-based Neon Indian, catering and craft cocktails by Wolfgang Puck, and, most importantly, the very first look at this years’ art installations before thousands descend on the Center over the weekend. Guests will have a more intimate opportunity to fully experience each piece of art,  even discuss the works with onsite docents.

 Background: Aurora, a biennial arts festival, was launched in 2010 in Old City Park, then partnered with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and supporting sponsor energy provider Reliant.
The festival was founded by Josh King and Shane Pennington, who are hoping to use feedback from last year’s rather wild event (50,000 plus!) to create a smoother and larger festival come 2017. Thus, says Christy, Prelude is a test market for smaller scale operations, with artwork scaled to be more thoughtful.

“Shane and Josh had more than 50 art installations down there last year,” says Christy. “This year there will be only 10 large, interactive and dynamic new media installations, but it’s all a prelude to next year, when they will have more than 80 pieces of fabulous art all over town.”cberry

 The media installations for this weekend are by world wide artists, selected by three curators: New York-based DooEun Choi, Berlin-based Nadim Samman, and Justine Ludwig, curator at the Dallas Contemporary.

“The art is not something you can touch, but is a sensory experience of light, video, and sound installations.,” says Christy.



Christy says AT&T has never had its own fundraiser. Matrice Kirk approached her and asked Christy, a veteran fundraiser as well as Realtor, to create an event to promote and support Aurora, and this is what she and her advisory team created. Preston Evans is her junior committee chair.

Thursday night’s inaugural VIP party will be spectacular, says Christy, as will the weekend exhibit, free to the public. Located throughout the Center’s 10-acre campus and areas around the Meyerson Symphony Center, Prelude will take place over two nights and feature a boutique VIP experience (Art Bar) limited to 400 ticketed guests each night.

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