Photos by Party of Two Photography

The Mint Museum’s Coveted Couture Spring Gala presented by Wells Fargo Private Bank was also a celebration of the final days of the museum’s popular exhibition African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style

Just like the exhibit, the gala was colorful, culturally rich and reflective of the global community. Always a must-attend event, tickets sold out quickly. The Gala Chairs were chic couple Ashley and Scott Mattei who set the tone for the fashion-forward evening

Four hundred of Charlotte’s most prominent civic leaders, supporters and museum patrons were part of the glamorous black-tie dinner dance. Their participation allows the museum to continue its great programs that reach into all sectors of the commmunity.

“The gala is so important because it’s our signature fundraising event for the museum,” says The Mint Museum’s President & CEO Todd Herman. “It affords us the opportunity to celebrate our positive impact on the community with our closest donors and corporate supporters while raising critical monies for our annual fund. The genuine love and passion poured into this event by all those that touch it truly makes the difference.”

Guests filled the Mint’s park-like lawn with fun, fashion, friendship and philanthropy before a seated dinner under a beautifully decorated tent. Afterward, the tent was turned into a dance party as guests of all ages joined in the revelry.

Todd’s favorite part of the evening is mingling with friends and his Mint family all in support of art. “It is all so inspiring, moving and intensely gratifying to witness the energy and enthusiasm for our mission,” he says. “What I also find inspiring are the mix of people at our gala who support the Mint and many of the other arts organizations in Charlotte. It truly is an ecosystem that only survives when we all work together.”