Think of Baton Rouge Gallery's Surreal Salon Soiree as a "through the looking-glass" experience, where you're Lewis Carroll's Alice jumping feet first into the party's netherworld.
That's the sensation the gallery wants to create each year with its juried exhibition, culminating with the soiree party where patrons become a part of the surreal scene.
The soiree is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 1515 Dalrymple Drive. The exhibit is on display through Wednesday, featuring art from more than 60 artists from five countries and 19 states.
"The soiree is when visitors become part of the artwork," gallery executive director Jason Andreasen said. "Costumes are optional, but we ask people to wear them, and it's amazing to watch as they mingle with the artwork to turn the gallery into one large surreal artwork for one night."
The party will feature a set from international touring DJ, MUSA; colorful and interactive puppets from Clay Achee; and a musical performance by Japanese action-comic punk band Peelander-Z.
International pop surrealist and Surreal Salon juror Ron English also will attend the party to present the Best in Show award. The winning piece will appear on the cover of pop-surrealism magazine Juxtapoz.
English will follow the presentation with talk at 2 p.m. Sunday at the LSU Museum of Art and at 5 p.m. Monday at the LSU School of Art in room 103 of the LSU Design Building. Both talks are free.
This is Surreal Salon's 10th year, and the first year the gallery has opened the show to international entries. Andreasen said the exhibit received more than 600 entries from across the globe.
The show started as a way to give what was then called lowbrow art exposure and make the art gallery experience accessible to everyone.
"Pop-surrealism has something in it that everyone can relate to," Andreasen said. "It's quality artwork to which viewers can bring their own experience."
Surreal Salon Soiree
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge
COST: $25 for costumed revelers, $30 for those not in costume, in advance. $30 for costumers, $35 not in costum,e at the door.
INFO: (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org