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Beatriz Cardenas, Elena Abrahamsson-Oseguera, Alejandra Gonzales, Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar and Rocio Heller

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Dr. Sara McCamish, Dr. Edward Briggs, Sarah Moore, Mark Watson and Marks Moore

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Jody Lutz, Amy Swaney and Whitney Schones SILHOUETTE

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Jorge Elizondo, Jeremy Kell, Cris Bregman, Elise Boyan, Gary Walton, Marks and Sarah Moore, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Dan Markson and Ruth Chang

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Karen Lee and David Zachry

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Mark and Ana Paula Watson

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NEW - Southwest School of Art's Kabuki Pop Gala 2017 Committe

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NEW Sarah and Marks Moore

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Al Hartman and Edith McAllister

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Alan Barber, Amy Smiley and Richard Aste

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Benjamin Beckhart, Andrew Herdeg, Brooks Englehardt, Len Briley, Maggie Herdeg, Jan Briley, Karen Beckhart, and Kari Englehardt

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Carolyn Gill French and Peter French

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Catherine Nixon Cooke

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Easton McNab, Claire Cavender. Courtney and Tobin Smith SILHOUETTE

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Ed Conroy and Tamara Adira

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Epitacio Resendez and Hunter Huenke

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J and Rachel Kuper SILHOUETTE

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Kyle Ferari-Muñoz and Henry Muñoz

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Neiman Marcus models

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NEW Sylvia Garza, Elise Boyan and Steve Garza

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Payton Kane, Sonya Dawson, Analise Hellman and Sarah Ash Jessop

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Amanda Raba Gentis

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Bud Smothers, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross

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Christine Varela Mayer and Lisa Galo Westmoreland

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Cosmo and Danielle Guido, Taylor and Kate Dawson, Easton McNab

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Floral design by Trinity Flowers

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Holly Tupper Beinhorn and Will Beinhorn

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Hon. Luz Elena Chapa, Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Lisa Gonima, Miguel Chapa Luisa Casso, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Debbie Serna, Baltazar Serna, Aida Snyder, Ed Snyder and Francisco Gonima

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Jennifer and Mark Johnson SILHOUETTE

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Justin and Melody Boyd

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Lisa Weller and Shannon Houston SILHOUETTE

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Marks Moore

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Michael Mewborne, David and Meredith Alvarez, Krista Chapman, Jessica Mewborne & Clint and Jessica Worth

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Rick Frederick and Chris Sauter

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Tim McHugh, Linda Spencer, Perny Shea, Ben Hernandez, Carol Smeltzer, Cece Cheever and Zifa Esparza

The Southwest School of Art’s 2017 Gala In the Garden Transports Guests

By Shannon Miller Turner    Photography by Al Caballero and Vince Quaranto of Super Q Photography

THE SCENE: The scene was an aesthetic vision that came to life in bright colors. Inspired by the contemporary art of Japan and the Meow Wolf Immersive Art installation in Santa Fe, the Southwest School of Art’s Kabuki Pop 2017 Gala in the Garden enveloped guests in a magical Japanese dream. The evening was a striking and sophisticated ambiance in the heart of the school’s lush historic campus.

THE VIBE: As the event began, the gala’s 600 guests, many in Asian-inspired attire, gathered in the school’s Coates Chapel to view and purchase donated works of art by many local, regional and national artists. Following a limited-edition raffle drawing, patrons strolled through a hot pink dream to enjoy dinner al fresco, at the stunning tables embellished by the dramatic arrangements by Danny Cuellar and his team from Trinity Flowers with florals donated by HEB. The coup d’ grace, however, was still to come. Upon the conclusion of the evening’s sumptuous meal, provided by Club Giraud, the unmistakable beat of David Bowie signaled something special was about to begin.

Fog filled the garden and a laser light show commenced electrifying the crowd for a full 20-minute display. The Neiman Marcus After Party that followed was a scene unto itself providing even more magic for Gala guests to enjoy. Patrons danced the night away, spent time at the casino tables and lounged in the elegantly-appointed surroundings created by Neiman Marcus’ own Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar.

THE CAUSE: The event was co-chaired by Sarah and Marks Moore, each artists themselves, A portion of the Gala proceeds provide support for the newly-established Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Southwest School of Art. Now known as Texas’ only independent art school. The school’s inaugural graduating class will receive their degrees in the spring of 2018. The mission of the Southwest School of Art is to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment.