Inaugural TRAHC Honors Gala

The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council's inaugural gala, TRAHC Honors, will take place this Saturday, March 23. 

Following in the footsteps of the beloved Party with Picassos, TRAHC Honors will celebrate the depth of Texarkana’s creative capital at what promises to be “The Party of the Year.”

The Regional Arts Center will be transformed with Grammy-nominated music, award-winning artists, and creative fun.

Dallas String Quartet and Q the Band are the feature performers for the evening. They are best known for playing with Ed Sheeran at the Country Music Awards and selling out the House of Blues. They have also played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Some describe them as a fusion of Taylor Swift and Bridgerton, Bach and Bon Jovi.

The inaugural honorees are mixed-media artist Cindy Holmes, fashion designer Be Norman, and furniture makers, designers, and photographers Steve, Ben, and Patrick Mayo. All have been celebrated in their respective fields across the United States, and are reminders of the robust creative community in Texarkana.

Cindy Holmes is a highly collected painter and mixed-media artist based in Texarkana. Her paintings tell stories through the combination of figures, found objects, and words or cliches. She invites viewers to use their own personal experiences to explain, question, or finish the drama. Her work has been displayed at M2 Gallery in Little Rock, Now Contemporary in Fort Worth, The Other Art Fair in Dallas and Saatchi Art online, among other locations. Cindy and 3 other Texarkana artists, will be featured in Amazon Primes series The Story of Art in America released January 2024.

Native Texarkanian Be Norman is a fashion designer based in the greater NYC area. He attended the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, majoring in Fashion Design. His brand, Duhbuhlyoo, showcases custom gowns that have graced red carpets, weddings, and galas across the United States.

Steven, Ben, and Patrick Mayo design and manufacture furniture in Texarkana that is lauded across the country. The Mayo family takes great care with the design and creation of their furniture, and they showcase their work in inspired photographs. Not only are they leading the way on design, they are also a major employer in the Texarkana area and invest heavily in the region.

For those unable to attend the gala, the artists' works will be on view for the public in a mini exhibition March 26-29.

TRAHC Honors not only celebrates artists and creativity in and from Texarkana, it also provides critical funding for TRAHC’s programs, which include exhibitions, performances, and educational programs that foster and celebrate creativity and inspiration in all ages. TRAHC is a vibrant part of Texarkana’s cultural amenities—just another piece of what makes this a great place to call home.

The Patterson Troike Foundation, Express Employment Professionals, Farmers Bank and Trust, Mike and Pete Mankins, and David and Ruth Ellen Whitt are the Gala sponsors. Texarkana Magazine is the media sponsor.

The gala will occur on Saturday, March 23, at the Regional Arts Center downtown.

The VIP Cocktail and Dinner will occur from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tables are sold out.

The Party of the Year and Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple and can be purchased by clicking here.


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