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ARTFUL DINING

The Contemporary Art Dinner Celebrates 100 Years Of The Driscoll Villa At Laguna Gloria

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Brian Fitzsimmons and Annie Parish Photography

THE SCENE:  Austin’s Laguna Gloria, a vital part of The Contemporary Austin organization, was the setting for an evening of exceptional scenery inside and out, from the incredible art on display inside, to the views of the stunning grounds outside. The scene was set to celebrate a century of the Clara Driscoll Villa, a space that symbolizes the natural beauty of Austin, during the third annual Contemporary Art Dinner, a sensory overload of visual and energetic beauty held in the venue’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.

THE VIBE: The garden chic-attired crowd knew they were in for a special evening the moment they arrived; the cloudy heavens parted, and they enjoyed a magical cocktail hour in the cool air after a recent rain. The festivities then turned toward a tented outdoor dining hall, placed on the Laguna Gloria grounds for a sensational meal catered by celebrity chef Larry McGuire.

The program continued with a live auction by Kevin Doyle of Sotheby’s, featuring artwork by artists including Terry Allen, Anya Gallaccio, Jim Hodges, Mark Mothersbaugh, Monika Sosnowska, Sofía Táboas and Garth Weiser. Upon completion of the robust live auctions, patrons were treated to a performance by Ronan Sharabani, after which guests celebrated the perfect evening with cocktails and dancing into the night.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Lora Reynolds, raised funds for The Contemporary Austin’s exhibition program, which contributes to Austin’s artistic landscape through a unique combination of urban and outdoor sites that reflect the eclectic and collaborative spirit of the city.

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