Art lovers will pay $125 each to celebrate and observe the historic artworks at Hearst Castle during a special event on the hilltop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24. The event is cosponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Hearst Castle and Paso Artsfest.
An outdoor reception will include gourmet appetizers paired with premium wines and live music. Museum director Mary Levkoff will introduce attendees to some of the treasures of the late media magnate William Randolph Hearst, and then guides will lead special art-focused tours past some of the Castle’s most notable works. Dessert, port and sunset views of the Pacific will end the event.
The Castle festivity is the concluding event in a Memorial Day weekend series, including a Friday night Artmaker dinner and the free festival in the park Saturday, with a juried outdoor fine art show and a quick-draw, during which participating artists will have two hours to create an original work of art. There’s also a “wet-painting sale and auction.”
The artsfest series is the largest program of and fundraiser for Studios on the Park, a nonprofit open-studios art center in downtown Paso Robles. Artistic director Anne Laddon, a former Cambria resident, brings in as many heavy hitters of the art world as are available.
Levkoff crafted the special tours for art lovers. “Everyone at Hearst Castle is thrilled to participate with Paso Artsfest,” she said.
Because of joint sponsorship of Studios on the Park and Friends of Hearst Castle, “Hundreds of local schoolchildren have been inspired by outdoor classes in drawing at Hearst Castle.”