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Magic City Art Connection presents ART BASH 2020!

February 29, 2020 / Leap Day
in another cool Birmingham space:
Sloss Docks / 3221 1st Avenue North

About Art Bash
Magic City Art Connection’s Winter Benefit, Art Bash, is known for reinventing Birmingham spaces into fun, one-night-only party experiences and artful environments. Find art, plus eat, drink, pose, dance, and mingle as we build excitement and support for the contemporary art festival and the Imagination Festival for kids, which provides free art workshops for thousands of city & county elementary students and families over 3 days, happening April 24-26 in downtown’s Linn Park.

Ticket Options
$25 Advance / $30 at Door
(Appetizers, Entry in Lottery Drawing for select number of Liesa Cole Portraits + cash bar_wine, beer & mixed drinks)

$50 Advance / $60 at Door
(Liesa Cole Portrait + 1 Bar ticket + Appetizers)

$125 Advance / $135 at Door
($50 in Bash Bucks for Silent Auction Purchase + Liesa Cole Portrait + 2 Bar tickets)



Silent Auction
Wonderful works of art from 2020 exhibiting artists, other local artists, and collectors.
Other auction items you’ll want to take home! 

12th annual Art Bash Guest Portraits with Liesa Cole of Studio GoodLight
++ Scroll to the bottom of this page for a look at some of the great portrait images captured by Liesa at past Art Bash fundraisers ++

For Art Bash’s 2020 collaboration with award winning photographer, Liesa Cole of Studio GoodLight, pose on our Breakthrough Set inspired by this extra day that comes only once every 4 years and urges us all to take a leap, do something meaningful, extra, or out of the ordinary.

Over the last 11 years, Magic City Art Connection’s partnership with this amazing Birmingham creative has produced a series of amazing guest portraits. They are highly coveted and fun to watch as Liesa works her magic with each muse.

Read about Liesa’s accolades from being chosen as 2014 ADDY’s Photographer of the Year to her 1st Prize at the Photography Masters Conference in Grado, Italy to photographing the Dalai Lama during his most recent trip to Birmingham. She’s major!

Eccentric Artist Installations & Performance
Interactive, unique installations and spaces interpreted by local artists. Hang out, play, and take selfies!

Featured Artists include:
Doug Baulos & Pinky Bass

Danielle Elizabeth Dyar & Claire Godbee
with accompanying performance by Inherent Rhythm Artist Collective
and featuring music by James Fahy

Heather Spencer Holmes

Savannah Smith & Kristen Berry

Lisa Schwaiger
“Treat Me Like”
Become your fantasy persona.

Vinegar Contemporary
“Vinegar presents McLean Fahnestock”
McLean Fahnestock seeks out footage, images, and items that expand our understanding of place, real and unreal, and through exploration, question how we process that information to obtain knowledge.


Culinary Bites by Bham chefs, restaurants & caterers
Features to date include:
Tre Luna Catering
EATS on Highland
B&A Catering
Birmingham Breadworks

Special thanks to the Five Loaves Birmingham team who will be managing food service during the evening.

Dancefloor – Music & Video Projections by
Katie & John Gaiser, a married couple
DJ Johnny

Production & Design
Magic City Art Connection Production Team:
Alex Kunzman, Jess Marie Walker, Lindsey Christina, Jasper Lee
Christophe Nicolet – lighting & design consultant

Dress Up!
Dress Eccentric, Bizarre, Unique, Modern, Cool, Over the Top, Avant Garde. Make a statement! Stand out!
Eccentric Definition: unconventional and slightly strange
We’ll have some fun accessories to add to your look at the Zoe’s Forest Park Styling Room.
NOTE: dressing up is not required, but it’s much more fun.
Check MCAC’s social media accounts for eccentric attire inspiration before the party.

Follow us on Social Media
NEW! Art Bash Instagram account: @mcacartbash
We’re launching Art Bash’s new IG account on or before February 1st.
We’ll be sharing our favorite past guest portraits and party spaces, news and announcements, plus peeks into 2020 Art Bash.
The Festival’s Facebook & Instagram: @magiccityartconnection
Art Bash 2020 Hashtag

Door Prizes
Corks & Chefs tickets
Festival Passes
Limited Edition Vintage Festival T-Shirts
More + + +

Coat Check
A self check coat area for partygoers will be available.

Venue Entrance
Enter party space on the 1st Avenue North side of Sloss Docks.
Please call 205-595-6306 to make special accomodations for entry.

Parking Lot @ Sloss Docks
Enter Sloss Dock parking lot from 1st Avenue North. NOTE: You can also access parking by way of Back Forty’s north lot off of 32nd Street South, then following it around the back side of brewery which faces 1st Avenue North. Ride Share – Due to limited parking in the Sloss Docks lot (100 spaces available), we highly recommend that guests utilize your favorite ride sharing service to get to Art Bash, if possible. Who doesn’t like door to door service?!

Security is in place for the fundraiser party.

Bash profits support an art-trip for Birmingham 3rd- 4th graders Friday, among the hundreds of children coming to the 3-day Festival. All kids up to 15 enjoy Imagination Festival art workshops and experiences free of charge. Help support a memorable arts day for all of our kids over April 24-26 at the 37th  annual contemporary art festival. Magic City Art Connection is a 501c3 non-profit festival and sole recipient of all funds received through grants, donations, fees, ticket revenues and in-kind support.

Art Bash Sponsors & Partners. Thank you!

Sloss Real Estate Company, Inc.
Design Supply
Bham Now
Birmingham Magazine
Birmingham Mountain Radio 107.3fm
Five Loaves Birmingham
Starnes Media
WBHM 90.3fm


Past Art Bash party pages:

View Art Bash 2018 – Wigs & Wallpaper: A Patterned Art Bash

View Art Bash 2016 – Fire & Ice

View Art Bash 2015 – Once Upon a Forest

View Art Bash 2014 – Intergalactic

Check out our history of amazing Guest Portraits by Liesa Cole and the list of various ‘cool Birmingham spaces’ we’ve transformed for each year’s thematic festival fundraiser.

Wigs & Wallpaper: A Patterned Art Bash
3012 4th Avenue South

1623 2nd Avenue North – Thomas Jefferson Towers Ballroom

Once Upon A Forest
3116 4th Avenue South

 3009 3rd Avenue South – Former NorDys Gallery

 2213 1st Avenue South – Currently Birmingham Legion FC, Former Kathy Harris Interiors

Midnight in Paris
1914 Third Avenue North – Burger Phillips Bldg – Currently Botanica, Formerly Burger Phillips Department Store

2924 3rd Ave South  – Currently Hop City, Formerly Nelson-Brantley Glass

Gaga for Art Bash
 2400 7th Avenue South – Currently Dread River Distilling, Formerly Peck & Hills Antiques

Pistons & Pinups
115 South 35th Street – formerly Old Car Heaven

Silver Leafed
corner of 12th Street & 1st Avenue North – Tillman Levenson building

Sake to Me
corner of 3rd Avenue South & 22nd Street – Former Tom Williams BMW Showroom

41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024