Southwest School of Art Hosts Annual Gala To Support Growth

By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison

The Scene: The Southwest School of Art’s Gala in the Garden entertained guests with a French flair on a festive fall evening in San Antonio, as this year’s annual fundraiser celebrated “A Night in the Garden District,” the famous neighborhood in New Orleans.

The Vibe: Guests were greeted at the gala entrance by co-chairs Ashley Solcher Hixon and Whitney Solcher Miller. Guests meandered through the Coates Chapel to observe the art aale preview and raffle. The event was catered by Club Giraud, musical entertainment was provided by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with guest vocalist Ken Slavin, and Rick Cavender served as MC for the evening. Guests danced in the band’s “second line,” a mini dance parade in which participants snaked through the grounds of the McNutt Convent Garden, the Chapel, and out into the McNutt River Garden before making their way back to the bandstand. The ladies leading the second line were donned in elegant southern-style parasols, some of which were decorated with feather boas and other finery.

The Cause: This year’s gala honored Southwest School of Art Founding Trustee Edith McAllister, a legendary leader in the San Antonio community. McAllister was involved with the preservation of the Ursuline Campus’ buildings, in addition to her assistance in developing what is now the Southwest School of Art and 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.


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