Break out the paisley and happy-face buttons: The Ohio Craft Museum is taking people on a hip trip back to the 1960s.

Break out the paisley and happy-face buttons: The Ohio Craft Museum is taking people on a hip trip back to the 1960s.

The "Psychedelic '60s" is the theme of this year's gala fundraiser, to be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 9 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave. in the Grandview Heights area.

"People are encouraged to get in the spirit of the theme," said Betty Talbott, museum director.

Admission is $35. People can purchase tickets in advance by calling the museum, 614-486-4402, or buy them at the door.

The museum has created "Alice's Restaurant" and the "Happy Hippie Bar," where people can enjoy food and beverages supplied by such local restaurants as Caf del Mondo, Barley's Smokehouse and Stan Evans Bakery.

The "Outta Sight" silent auction will feature gifts donated by several local merchants, including Reed Arts, Sax Car Wash and Northstar Caf. Raffle tickets are two for $5 or five for $10.

"Our donors each year have been really kind to us and made the gala a success," Talbott said.

Proceeds of the event go toward programming, workshops and exhibitions at the museum, she said.

It is the 18th annual gala at the museum, which is owned and operated by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen. It receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.

Talbott said the museum always has a theme, and has touched on the 1950s, the disco era and the Wild West. Celebrating the '60s seemed like a good idea, she said.

"I thought, you know it's about time to revisit that," he said. "Those were my college days."

The Ohio Craft Museum is known for its exhibitions of fine crafts - ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and other media. The museum is gearing up for its annual member show, to be held May 1 to June 19. The display will then move on to other locations.