San Antonio Museum of Art’s Gala Celebrates Pasión Popular Show

Recently the San Antonio Museum of Art hosted its gala, themed, Pasión Popular as part of its annual effort to honor both the museum’s past and to celebrate its future. This year’s event honored San Antonio philanthropists Peggy and Lowry Mays for their service and commitment to the SAMA. The Mays have helped transform the museum into a vibrant cultural center for the region while championing many of the its recent expansions.

The event featured the premiere of the exhibit Pasión Popular, Spanish and Latin American Folk Art from the Cecere Collection. Pasión Popular is comprised of approximately 170 objects, dating from the 18th century to modern times. Peter P. Cecere, a career foreign service officer, began collecting as a boy and energetically acquired folk art for over 50 years. This exhibition is a visual manifestation of the passion with which Cecere has built his collection and his commitment to the preservation of these vital objects for future generations. We love that legacy.

This year’s gala was chaired by Tim and Lisa Blonkvist. Richard Flowers of The Events Company in Houston designing and coordinating the event while the RK Group catered the evening. Flower’s décor transformed the tents at SAMA to appear as modern-day missions, boasting Spanish flair with ornate wooden candle holders on the dinner tabls, while sleek white contemporary sofas for lounging. The evening was elegant and enjoyed by all and to no one’s surprise, plans for next year’s exhibit and gala are already in process.


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