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ShoreLake Arts'
  Birthday Party


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 We're going back in time to celebrate how it all began
May 18, 2024
Shorewood High School Commons

May 18, 2024 | Shorewood High School Commons

Dinner & Live Auction 5pm-8pm | Dance Party 8pm-10pm

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Doc, Marty, McFly, Calvin, SLA Artists and Supporters...

Look for the DeLorean and meet us at the clock tower (Shorewood High School) at precisely 5pm on Saturday, May 18th, 2024 to celebrate 35 years of ShoreLake Arts cultivating creativity and inspiring our community through the arts!

We'll travel back to 1989 when Madonna was on top of the charts and our schools were losing major funding for the arts; shoulder pads were all the rage, and ShoreLake Arts (and Taylor Swift) were born.

Don your shiniest fabrics and tease up your locks for an evening of nostalgic revelry featuring a rockin wine and cocktail hour (5-6pm), a totally rad baked potato bar, games, a live auction, and a delicious dessert dash (6-8pm).  This is a night for all 21 and over to enjoy and help raise money to ensure the future is bright for ShoreLake Arts supporting Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and surrounding areas.  Now that's heavy!


But wait -the night is still young!  It's only 8pm! Quick, grab a spiked punch and hit the floor for a dance party with DJ Franksy. Get creative with your outfit and you could even be crowned prom royalty for being “best dressed.”


Don’t miss this chance to relive your glory days along with ShoreLake Arts.  Cheers to 35+ more years!

ShoreLake Arts annual Gala raises critical funds to support arts programming, including arts education and free community arts & culture events like the Lantern Festival, Concerts in the Park, 6x6NW, and more. Join us for a fun celebration of the arts with your neighbors, colleagues, and new friends.

May 18, 2024 | Shorewood High School Commons

Dinner & Live Auction 5pm-8pm | Dance Party 8pm-10pm


Learn about our awards

As part of its ongoing work to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts, ShoreLake Arts seeks to honor those who embody that mission in their work or personal lives.   ShoreLake Arts is proud to present three well deserved awards each year at the annual Gala for the Arts.


Q: Where do the funds raised go?

A: Funds raised go towards supporting ShoreLake Arts' programming, including youth arts education and public events like Concerts in the Park, the Lantern Festival, 6x6NW, Battle of the Bands, the Holiday Arts Market and more. To keep our programming accessible, we need YOUR support.


Q: Who were the 2023 award winners?

A: Esther Wu: Heart Award

Highland Terrace PTA: Community Partner

Herb Bryce: Community Impact

Xin Xin: Artist Spotlight


Q: Is the 2024 event virtual or in-person?

A: In person! We're delighted to celebrate art with you, so the Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Live Auction are in person! Masks are welcome in-person event and will follow all relevant guidelines to make the event as safe as possible.

Q. What should I wear?

A: Our 2024 theme is Back to the Future - anything inspired by the 1980's would be awesome!


Q: What time does event and program start on May 18, 2024?

A: In-person happy hour starts at 5:00 pm. The awards and live auction will begin at 6:00 pm and will be about an hour long.


Q. What is happening during the evening?

A: The evening will feature cocktail hour, dinner (with GREAT wine), musical performance, Awards, raise the paddle, games, and the live auction.


Q: What are the different ticket options?

Gala Ticket/Table

A: Includes access to the in-person Gala held at Shorewood High School. Tables seat 8 and tickets are individual.


Q: Where is the 2024 Gala?

A: Shorewood High School

Photos of Previous Galas

About our Awards

Image by Erwan Hesry

HeART Award

Presented to a member or members of the ShoreLake Arts community whose long-standing and consistent commitment to the organization has advanced our mission in significant ways.  The award winner’s lasting impact has been vital to our organization’s ongoing health and longevity.  Such individuals are the very heart of ShoreLake Arts.

Community pARTner Award


Presented to a public or private entity (nonprofit, business, or government) that has inspired and encouraged arts and culture in the cities of Shoreline and/or Lake Forest Park.  With passion, innovation, and commitment to advancing the arts, this organization has made significant contributions to our community promoting and expanding the richness of life possible in a community centered in the arts and culture.  This award is intended to honor past achievements and express excitement for future endeavors.

Community Arts Impact Award


Presented to a person that has made substantial and long-lasting contributions to the arts in Shoreline and/or Lake Forest Park.  This award honors an individual who has elevated arts and culture in our community through visionary leadership, creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and/or volunteerism.  Through his or her significant impact on the arts in our community, the award winner has embodied the mission of ShoreLake Arts by cultivating creativity and inspiring our community through the arts.

Artist Spotlight Award


Presented to an artist who lives or presents work in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park whose creations have contributed to the excellence of the arts in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park and enriched the cultural landscape of the community.

Past Recipients

HeART Award

Esther Wu - 2023

Jack Malek - 2022

Don Bell - 2021

Bob Pfeiffer - 2019

Susan Talley - 2018

Pam Thompson - 2017

Lynn & Dave Cheeney - 2016

Robin & Keith McClelland - 2015

Ken Noreen - 2014

John & Karen Thielke - 2012

Marianne Gutteridge - 2011

Scott Keeny - 2010

Larry & Jeanne Monger - 2009

Herb & Gloria Bryce - 2008

Ros Bird - 2007

Colleen Jablonski, Susanna Johnson, & Wily Clark - 2006

Jeff Lewis - 2004

Community pARTner Award

Highland Terrace PTA - 2023

Shoreline Community College Department of Film, Drama and Cinema - 2022

JHP Legacy - 2021

Community Arts Impact Award

Herb Bryce - 2023


Robert & Tina Lang - 2022

ZhenLun Li - 2021

Artist Spotlight Award

Xin Xin - 2023


Sandra Garcia-Arceo - 2022

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