Florentine Fall Evening

Italian Gala in the Garden Benefits San Antonio’s Southwest School of Art

By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison

The Southwest School of Art’s Gala in the Garden & Art Sale transported guests to Italy on a serene evening in San Antonio, as this year’s annual event celebrated the gorgeous gardens of the Pitti Palace in Florence, which was home to the legendary Medici family.

This year’s gala honored the memory of the late Founding Trustee of the Southwest School, Maggie Block who was a true leader at the Southwest School for decades, and served time as Chair of the Board. She was passionately involved with the preservation of the Ursuline Campus’ buildings, in addition to her assistance in developing what is now the Southwest School of Art.

Guests were greeted at the gala entrance by the Haynes family who chaired and co-chaired this year’s event. Guests were photographed in the sanctuary and moved on to meander through the Coates Chapel and observe the Art Sale preview and raffle. The event was catered by the Southwest School of Art’s neighbor, the historic Club Giraud. Musical entertainment was provided by the Rick Cavender Band, who played selections that were perfectly Pitti Palace-appropriate.

The Southwest School of Art is known for its premier contemporary art exhibitions, outstanding faculty and facilities, award-winning youth programs, diverse audiences, and visiting artists of the highest caliber. With roots in San Antonio’s storied past and a commitment to developing the creative minds of the future, the SSA will launch a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in 2013.

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