Elevate the White Elephant is not an excuse to rid yourself of Aunt Tilly’s chartreuse, three-armed sweater or other special treasures but to donate an item which has value, though that value may not be immediately apparent: hence the title of the exhibit, Elevate the White Elephant. You are encouraged, but not required, to exchange your item for one on display. Please limit items to what would fit into a grocery bag (please no perishables, live animals, explosives, weapons, alcohol/tobacco and or damaged goods). After the exhibit, all remaining items will be donated to the SPCA.
The Second Friday ArtAbout Reception is Friday, December 9, from 6 – 8pm. The reception is free and you are encouraged to bring an item.
Prior to the exchange, you are encouraged to leave a brief statement about the item being left. Statements may be humorous, factual, a haiku, descriptive, etc. The only limitation is that the statement be brief. Statements will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition, including for those objects that are removed.
The white elephant is a gift that the recipient is unable to dispose and the upkeep costs are higher than its usefulness. Historically, the Kings of Siam (Thailand) would give white elephants to those they wished to ruin financially due to the high cost of maintaining the pachyderm (Merriam-Webster).