Love is in the Air at The Phoenix…


The Phoenix held their long awaited Guitar Gala last night. The primary focus of the night was the auction of approximately 20 guitars (donated by the Gibson Foundation), each designed and customized by local and nationally recognized visual artists.

100% of the proceeds from the Guitar Gala will be dedicated to supporting the free-of-charge after-school music, theater and arts programs for at-risk youth of the North Bay – as well as to help preserve the historic Phoenix Theater, which has served as an important performing arts venue for over 100 years – hosting a diverse group of artists ranging from Enrico Caruso to Louis Armstrong, from Carlos Santana, Sublime, and Metallica to Green Day and Hilary Duff.

To read more about the Phoenix click here:

For my contribution to the event, I volunteered the Photo Booth that Arann and I created, which has appeared on the blog several times before. But little did I know I was actually setting up a kissing booth.

Every time I have set up the booth in the past, I find at least one or two photos of love birds kissing for the camera… but last night was a record. I don’t know if just being in the youthful Phoenix building was the secret love potion, but people were definitely happy and in love at The Phoenix Guitar Gala.

And hopefully all that love helped The Phoenix reached their monetary goal, so they can continue to pass the love on to our North Bay youth.

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If you took your photo in the Photo Booth… click the link below to find your photographs:


About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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One Comment

  1. I never made it upstairs on Saturday night, but I see my infamous firstborn made it center stage in the photo booth! That’s Rocco with his distinctive eyeglasses on the top photo. LOVE it!


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