Southwest School of Art Goes Spanish
By Ellie Leeper
Photography by Greg Harrison
Alhambra, Spain came to San Antonio this Fall and sprouted in the Ursuline gardens at the Southwest School of Art. “The Gardens of Alhambra” gala was a Spanish success. Guests were photographed upon arrival and moved onward to mingle as they were serenaded by Spanish classical guitar music. Patrons admired the art pieces, and later attended a seated dinner throughout the green garden that was illuminated with uniquely organic light fixtures suspended from the boughs of the oak trees. Guests donned appropriately themed ensembles—the most distinctive gowns were those that were imitations of ones resembling the flowing flamenco dancers.
The Gala in the Garden and Art Sale has served for three decades as the kick-off for the fall party season of the Southwest School of Art, in the effort to fundraise for the organization. The Art Sale during the gala presented exceptional works donated by 71 artists who were either locally or nationally known. Serving as Co-Chairs for the event were Mr. and Mrs. Josephine and Marshall Davidson Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Carolyn and Peter French, and Mr. and Mrs. Laura and Christopher Gill. Mr. James Lifshutz serves as Chair of the board for the Southwest School of Art, and Ms. Paula Owen serves as President. The evening was certainly one to remember, leaving guests with “recuerdos del Alhambra.”