Haukohl Family Medici Art Collection Kicks Off Tour Through Europe

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by John Frassanito

THE SETTING: The historic town of Augsburg, Germany was the recent setting for the debut of a one-of-a-kind collection that showcased the art from one of history’s most historic Italian families. The events to toast Beyond the Medici: The Haukohl Family Collection featured many prominent art patrons, collectors from around the world jetted-in from locales ranging from Texas to Paris to Singapore for an incredible weekend of events including walking tours, concerts and five-star cuisine. The gathering was hosted by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of Houston, whose family has been collecting Medici art for six generations.

THE VIBE: The well-heeled art aficionados kicked off the weekend in style at the northern baroque Schaezlerpalais Palace, which featured southern Italian works of art owned by Haukohl. The weekend only became more dazzling from there. Meghan Gregonis, United States General Counsel in Munich, officiated the opening at the Grand Goldener Saal. Prominent museum directors from both sides of the pond, were treated to an awe-inspiring display of 17 th century paintings, sculptures, textiles and drawings also owned by Sir Haukohl.

The fun continued as art enthusiasts were treated to a five-star luncheon at Schloss Wellenberg Castle. Sir Haukohl brought the Texan largesse with him by offering Lone Star-blue aprons and Bucee’s barbecue sauce as gifts for attendees. The festivities were capped with a Vivaldi concert hosted by Haukohl and featured VIP’s including Mary Mochary, retired Chair of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Dr. Eric Motley of the Aspen Institute. If the success of this weekend is any indication, the Beyond the Medici: The Haukohl Family Collection tour which will include stops in Brussels, Munich and Luxembourg among others, will be the upcoming talk of the European and American art scenes.



Texas Cultural Trust Hosts Tenth Biennial Texas Medal Of Arts Awards With Two-Day Events

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Miguel Angel and Tyler Schmitt

THE SETTING: Over the course of two magical days, over a thousand of Texas’ most devoted and passionate patrons of the Arts celebrated the tenth biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards. This years honorees featured eleven individuals and institutions that have left their mark on not just Texas, but around the globe.

THE STYLE: The festivities kicked off at the Blanton Museum for the Arts Alive! VIP reception, where cocktails flowed as freely as the chatter as honorees effortlessly mingled with guests and listened to fine musicians. The following afternoon the fun was at the Governor’s Mansion for the Rise with the Arts brunch where honorees were presented with medals by Governor and First Lady Abbott.

The events concluded at The Long Center in Austin for Texas Medal of Arts Awards gala dinner. Highlights of the awards ceremony included Lauren Anderson’s star turn as the evening’s emcee, Brandon Maxwell’s hilarious, yet heartwarming acceptance speech, Mark Seliger breaking out his vintage camera to take a picture of the audience from the podium and show-stopping performances by music legends Jennifer Holliday and Boz Scaggs. Additional recipients included Conspirare, artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, author Stephen Harrigan, actor Matthew McConaughey, architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, the Vidal Manuel Treviño School of Communications & Fine Arts in Laredo.

THE PURPOSE: The Texas Medal of Arts Awards, chaired by Leslie Blanton and Leslie Ward, raised almost $1.8 million dollars for the Texas Cultural Trust whose mission is to be the leading Texas voice for the arts in terms through education, advocacy and economic impact.