Art Pace Gala Honors Ballroom Marfa Founders

By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison and Cory Mendez

THE SCENE: The Happening, attended by some of the most active collectors in Central and South Texas, was again Art Pace’s signature event this year, while it also marked the organization’s 21st anniversary. The evening’s theme celebrated the infamous “21” Club with the glamour of Old New York with Texas flair that was inspired by the prohibition-era speakeasy. Patrons celebrated Artpace’s coming of age under the stars on Main Avenue in downtown San Antonio with a night of sipping, supper, and dancing in the street.

THE VIBE: Co-chairs Anna Wulfe and Christopher C. Hill set the artful vibe as guests were welcomed to the evening’s cocktail hour. The evening’s honorees, Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann, the visionary founders of Ballroom Marfa, have worked to elevate Texas and Texas artists in the international contemporary art arena. Dorn and Lebermann transformed a 1920s-era dancehall into a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, film, music, and performance. The nonprofit organization is an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression and serves international, national, regional and local arts communities by supporting the work of both emerging and recognized artists. The evening was topped off with a Rooftop After Party, commemorated by the New York DJ/Violin duo The Dolls.

THE CAUSE: In addition to serving as one of the season’s hottest tickets in town, The Happening also raised funds for Art Pace’s operating expenses. In keeping with the vision of its founder, Linda Pace, Art Pace nurtures “the freedom to dream” by supporting the creative process and engaging audiences with the most innovative art and artists from around the world.

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