Q Ball
Q Ball

Union Trust Building
February 25
7 p.m. to midnight

Whether in art history class or museum galleries, you’ve seen the dreamlike and intricate images—often of long-locked women in natural settings—conjured by 19th-century English painters like William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

This Saturday, Quantum Theatre invites you to step into the frame to play the part of Pre-Raphaelite muse at the company’s 17th annual signature fundraiser. One of downtown Pittsburgh’s most ornate and iconic landmarks will provide the elegant Gilded Age backdrop, and all you have to do is dress the part.

Transforming the second floor of the 11-story Union Trust Building—which is currently undergoing major renovations—into an interactive tableaux of 19th-century masterpieces, Quantum’s Painting With Light benefit bash will blend the great cultural traditions of theatre, painting and literature with plenty of socializing, revelry and dramatic photo opps.

Strike a painterly pose for local photographers Renee Rosensteel, Maranie Staab, and Liz Barantine—who will be on hand to capture all of the glam—or pop into the frame to snap a selfie. Read: dress like you’re sitting for a portrait session with pioneering 19th-century photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron.

From 7 to 9 p.m., VIPers will enjoy cuisine from chef Kate Romane’s new Black Radish Kitchen, flowing libations, live entertainment, and commemorative photo activities.

The Pre-Raphaelite fantasia gets extra groovy at 9 p.m. with tasty desserts and a Digital Dance Party curated by DJ Soy Sos.

In the event’s silent auction, party-goers can bid on everything from a private house concert by star trumpeter Sean Jones and a coffee date with Mayor Bill Peduto, to an intimate multi-course dinner prepared by chef Kevin Sousa in his Braddock kitchen, as well as spa packages, show tickets, original artwork and more.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Quantum’s big season announcement in May, when the company will unveil plans for its 2017-2018 productions and partner locations.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...