5th Annual Contemporary Art Dinner Sparks Dazzling Inspiration
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Whitney Arostegui and Brian Fitzsimmons
THE SCENE: The pastoral elegance of Laguna Gloria in Austin was the setting for an event that has quickly become one of Austin’s mainstay social events. The Contemporary Austin’s 5th annual Art Dinner drew a sell-out crowd of over 300 art patrons, collectors and social VIPs from across Austin and beyond.
THE VIBE: The well-heeled partygoers, sporting their finest contemporary-chic attire, began their evening on the stunning venue’s grounds for cocktails and conversation. The picture-perfect Austin evening allowed for an incredible mix of fashion, many of which were artful in their own right. Ballgowns and suits seamlessly mixed with colorful cocktail dresses, sleek black and white ensembles and playfully fun open collar suits that blended beautifully as the attendees previewed the live and silent auctions.
Guests took their seats in a series of long continental tables erected on the Laguna Gloria grounds for a scrumptious dinner courtesy of Uchiko and Uchi. During the dinner, Kevin Doyle and Christina Williams of Sotheby’s New York effortlessly helmed a spirited live auction that included a Sarah Crowner piece titled Rotating Circles that went for $75,000. The party lasted well into the night as guests danced the night away to the tunes of theatrical band Shy Beast.
THE CAUSE: The evening, chaired by Lora Reynolds, raised funds for The Contemporary Austin, a world-class art exhibition museum that showcases a range of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, collections and education.