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.