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Karen Gish, Margo Tate, Marice Brown and Kathleen Loughlin

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Kirstin and Joe Ross

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Lora Reynolds, Theresa Windham and Debra Green

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Louis Grachos and Garth Weiser

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Mark Lewis, Andrea Mellard and Daniel Fereia

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Rick and Karen Hawkins

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Sarah and Dr. Ernest Butler talking with Corey and Kevin Leahy and Chair of The Contemporary Austin Board of Trustees Richard Marcus

Sarah and Dr. Ernest Butler talking with Corey and Kevin Leahy and Chair of The Contemporary Austin Board of Trustees Richard Marcus

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Timothy and Kim Dowling

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Tom Borders & Suzanne Deal Booth and LeMel Hughes

The 4th Annual Contemporary Austin Art Dinner Dazzles

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Whitney Arostegui and Brian Fitzsimmons

THE SCENE: The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Austin’s Laguna Gloria was the setting for an evening of delicious food, beautiful people and captivating art. The fourth annual Contemporary Dinner, supporting The Contemporary Austin, has quickly become one of Austin’s hottest tickets and this year was no exception with over 300 VIPs attending the sold-out event.

 

THE VIBE: The cosmopolitan-chic crowd where Austinites mixed seamlessly with guests in from far and wide, including both coasts and London. Patrons expressed their artistic side in a fun yet elegant mix of fashions, included ladies in a mix of bright colors, bold prints and geometric patterns. The men got into the spirit in cocktail tire, and many wore statement jackets of their own.

The evening began with a cocktail hour where partygoers were able to view the stunning art pieces on hand as well as enjoying the beautiful weather on the Laguna Gloria Grounds. The festivities then turned to the main program where guests entered one of two stunning tents that transported them to a majestic New York garden. Guests were treated to a dinner catered by Chef Larry McGuire, of McGuire Moorman Hospitality, during the evening’s program that featured distinguished Austinites who are most passionate about the arts including Mayor Steve Adler and The Contemporary Austin’s Board of Trustees President Jeanne Klein. Topping off the program was a live auction helmed by Sotheby’s Kevin Doyle that raised over $400,000 for the organization. As the program concluded the fun was just heating up as guests danced the night away on the Laguna Gloria lawn to the tunes of Golden Dawn Arkestra.

 

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Lora Reynolds, raised funds for The Contemporary Art Museum exhibition programs. The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collections on display.