Second Annual Mexic-Arte Museum Catrina Ball Sizzles
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Chris Caselli and Breezy Ritter
THE SCENE: Hundreds of the city’s most influential cultural and artistic influencers gathered for an evening of masquerade, fashion, and philanthropy: Mexic-Arte Museum’s second annual Catrina Ball. The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin held over 300 guests for the event, showcasing how, in just two years, it has become one of the most anticipated events of the city’s fall social season.
THE VIBE: The welcoming energy was evident from the moment the black-tie clad sophisticates entered the foyer, where guests raised glasses of champagne to toast the incredible evening ahead. Donning full Día de los Muertos makeup, performers mingled about the foyer as an homage to famed artist José Guadalupe Posada’s 1913 etching masterpiece Calavera Catrina, known in English as The Elegant Skull. The costumed skeletons, complete with lush rose crowns and festively inspired couture, elevated the creative spirit throughout the room.
The action then turned to the ballroom where the crowd dined, and two awards were presented in honor of individuals with great influence in Austin and beyond. Acclaimed attorney Becky Beaver was awarded with the Patrón Simply Perfect Master of the Arts Award, and Master Sculptor Sebastian was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. The dazzling evening continued with a couture fashion show by Sebastian, featuring gowns that were displayed at Paris Fashion Week and models wearing the night’s thematic make-up. The evening concluded as guests danced the night away to the tunes of local jazz band, The Brew.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Sofia Avila, Victoria Avila, Alina Flores Gonzales, and Laurel and Edgar Prats, raised funds for Mexic-Arte Museum, which is dedicated to the cultural enrichment and education of both traditional and contemporary Latin American, Latino and Mexican art and culture, and to promote dialogue to develop an understanding of Latin American culture for visitors of all ages.