AFMO Gala at Ambassador's Residence/Paris
AFMO Gala at Ambassador's Residence/Paris, courtesy of American Friends of the Orsay

The Elysée Palace will be the venue on Saturday evening, October 22nd for a gala event hosted by the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO). The night will celebrate 30 years of the Musée d’Orsay and will honour their esteemed patrons Marlene & Spencer Hays. For more information and tickets, go here.

The AFMO has become known for holding exceptional events creating a liaison between French and American culture. This year, the events will be more spectacular than ever, featuring four days (October 20th – 23rd) of once-in-a-lifetime experiences including private curated tours, awe-inducing artwork, lunch at one of Paris’s most sumptuous private homes of the early 20th century, entry to l’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels, and a behind the scenes pastry-making class at the l’Ecole Ritz Escoffier. The weekend will conclude at an elegant and exclusive breakfast at the Ritz Paris. The complete weekend program will celebrate the continuing renaissance of the world’s premier Impressionist museum.

The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay is an American organization that was created in 2009. It is a non-profit public charity that aims to raise public awareness and financial support for the Musée d’Orsay and its sister institution, the Musée de l’Orangerie. The Musée d’Orsay is known around the world for its unsurpassed collection of Impressionist paintings.

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The Musée d’Orsay at dusk. Photo: American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay
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Barbara Gerber
A native of Los Angeles, Barbara is the France Today Ambassador for L.A. She graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in Political Science, and also received her JD degree from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she spent her junior year in Grenoble, France. From that time on, she has been an avid and passionate Francophile. She has visited almost every region in France, and still pursues French language courses in Los Angeles. She has an apartment in Paris and continues to visit France every year.

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