The Witte Museum Celebrates Mays Family Center Opening

By Kim Biffle
Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE: Recently nearly 350 distinguished donors, city leaders and Witte patrons celebrated the opening of the Witte Museum’s new Mays Family Center for exhibitions and special events. The inside of this grand, 10-thousand square-foot space was dressed in tones of silver and gold with pops of fuchsia and purple to create a palette to embrace the stunning architecture, natural surroundings and the 31-foot wide mural Spring Time in the Hill Country by Porfirio Salinas.

THE VIBE: Embracing the mythical narrative which has unfolded along the San Antonio River for more than 300 years, guests enjoyed cocktails in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden while being entertained by the “Human Wind Chime” that was custom built to support four contortionists dressed in gecko and lizard costumes. The entertainment concept was developed to compliment the natural environment and lush gardens of the new Mays Family Center. After being heralded to dinner by a trumpeter, guests dined on delicious dishes inspired by the land, water and sky, and prepared by Rosemary’s Catering, the flagship company of The RK Group and catering partner of the Mays Family Center. Following a presentation of immersive technology, the MatchMaker Band took the stage and guests danced the night away, taking breaks to enjoy dessert of warm crepe galettes filled with flavorful ganache and air frozen gelatos in the Marie and Hugh Halff Riverview Gallery and the Dela W. White Broadway View Gallery.

THE CAUSE: The newest building at the Witte is the premier, state of the art event and exhibition space in San Antonio. The Mays Family Center will serve as a host to many of the city’s most important luncheons, corporate events and charity galas during the fall, winter and spring months, and will be home to exceptional, blockbuster exhibitions from around the world during the summer. The new main building of the Witte Museum opens in Spring 2017.

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