Texas Women For The Arts Holds Ninth Annual Gathering
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Cynlee Studios Photography
THE SCENE: The Texas Women for the Arts’ ninth annual meeting in Fredericksburg was a success with a record attendance of over 120 members. As a giving program uniting the financial force of Texas women in funding initiatives for the arts and arts education, the annual meeting was an extraordinary event as these women came together to a make tremendous impact on the arts in Texas for our youth and our heritage.
THE VIBE: The two-day event featured many experiences that highlighted the best of the Hill Country. It began with a welcome champagne reception and toast at the home of Sandra Gilliland, followed by lunch and remarks at the picturesque Boot Ranch Club House. Members enjoyed private exhibitions by such Fredericksburg artists as John Austin Hanna, G. Harvey, and then they were off to mingle at top-notch galleries, such as Whistle Pik and InSight. General Mike Hagee from the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War treated members to behind the scenes anecdotes, and Houston-bred designer, Cesar Galindo brought his New York Fashion Week couture to the Hill Country during a private runway show. Attendees shopped until they dropped at the Kunstmarkt, featuring an exclusive selection of local artisans and retailers, and browsed Ron Boyd’s Estate Fine Jewelry Collection. These Texas ladies were feted over delicious dinners at Hondo’s and August E’s, where Ginger Blanton of Houston was given the Champion of the Arts Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to support the arts and arts education throughout Texas.
THE CAUSE: At lunch, Texas Women for the Arts granted over $235,000 to 19 deserving arts and arts education programs across the state. To date, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded $1,321,500 in grants to 63 arts organizations, impacting more than three-quarters of a million children across the state, as they accomplish their mission : Awaken and Nurture the Artist in Every Texas Child.