Tickets are on sale for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Summer Gala, set for Friday, Aug. 18. In addition to celebrating the first anniversary in CMCA’s Toshiko Mori-designed building, the evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition “Linden Frederick: Night Stories,” a collaboration between the Belfast artist and 15 award-winning authors.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA's exhibitions and programs including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages.

This year's Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright.

Event tickets are $250, $225 for CMCA members, available online at Gala attendees also may reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, “Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired” ($45 plus tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

In addition, to benefit CMCA, Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his 2009 painting “Midnight,” an oil on panel, valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each, and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase at 701-5005 or via the website; raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or