The Contemporary Austin Second Annual Art Dinner Illuminates

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Brian Fitzsimmons

THE SCENE: Austin’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria recently drew nearly 250 of Austin’s most prolific art-purveyors for The Contemporary Austin Jones Center’s second annual Art Dinner. The evening began on the back veranda of the historic Driscoll Villa, built in 1916, as guests sipped cocktails while enjoying the breathtaking views of Lake Austin and the property’s manicured sculpture gardens.

The evening then continued with live performance by Texas artist and songwriter Terry Allen and was followed by the dinner al-fresco where guests were able to view The Contemporary’s most recent acquisition – Looking Up, a 33-foot tall stainless steel figurative sculpture by Tom Freidman. The evening was continued with a three-course meal catered by Jeffrey’s chef Larry McGuire served on one Continental-style table that snaked throughout the garden, as Sotheby’s auctioneer Kevin Doyle presided over the live auction festivities featuring celebrity artist-created surfboards. After dinner, the action moved to the lawn where party-goers kicked off their shoes and danced the night away under the garden’s new sculptural installation.

THE VIBE: The elegant attire of the event was on full display combining a mixture of summer-hip with traditional flair that was on full display throughout the evening. Roving mixologist martini carts were on hand for the cocktail hour, while candles lit off the mirror-topped tables in the most elegant of ways. And to show no detail was truly left unturned, guests were provided with glow-sticks to bid on live auction items instead of paddles, illuminating the crowd with cheerful energy as night fell over the scene. Très chic.

THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the event benefit The Contemporary Austin’s exhibition program, which brings new and exciting contemporary art to Austin art aficionados.

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