The Paint Will Fly!

Little Black Dress Takes on Rio


August 24, 2010 (TYLER, TX) – An outrageous artist whose canvases spin, a carnival-inspired parade, spicy-sweet Brazilian fare, and the warm tones of steel drums will greet guests of the Tyler Museum of Art’s 9th annual fall fundraiser known as Little Black Dress. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, on the TMA grounds located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus.

Special guest Michael Israel, a performance artist whose work has wowed audiences all over the world, will demonstrate his incredible ability to paint large-scale portraits in just minutes. The works he creates on stage will be auctioned off during the event. Tickets to Little Black Dress are $100 per person for TMA members and $125 for non-members, and are available by calling (903) 595-1001. All proceeds from the event benefit the Tyler Museum of Art.

The inspiration behind the event is Carnival, a festival originating in Rio de Janeiro, which is known for its incredible parades, explosive music, and breathtaking costumes. “The great thing about a little black dress is that it looks good anywhere, especially Brazil!” says Caroline King Wylie, TMA Development Officer and Special Events Coordinator. “And there is no better backdrop for a performer like Michael Israel than the festivals of Rio. I have never seen anything like what Michael Israel does, and I can’t wait for our guests to experience the evening’s magic!”

Individual tickets are available as well as reserved tables, and may be purchased from the Tyler Museum of Art. This year’s event chairman is Cadie Johnson. Committee members are Donna Alfred; Dustin Becker; Jamie Boyd; Carrie Dennis; Lani Fitzgerald; Christy & Michael Kennedy; Zoe Lawhorn; Amy Lively; Sarah Newburn; Nick Nunez; Anne & Shane Payne; Sonia Semone; Joanna Thiele; Renee Woodard; Caroline Wylie; and LaToya Young.

Event sponsors to date include Mr. Todd W. Threlkeld, Texas Bank and Trust, Funktion Authority, and BSCENE Magazine. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For further information, call Ms. Wylie at the TMA, 903.595.1001, or log on to The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit