WILD, WILD WESTERN

WILD, WILD WESTERN

Briscoe Western Art Museum Presents Annual Sale And Exhibition

 

By Jake Gaines    Photography by Mark Humphries Photography and Sun Gold Photography

THE SETTING: Each year, the Briscoe Western Art Museum draws art enthusiasts, collectors, and visitors for an opportunity to view and purchase nearly 300 works of painting, sculpture, and mixed media from 75 of the country’s leading contemporary western artists. This year was no different as The Night of Artists event and weekend of festivities were hosted on the banks of the iconic San Antonio River Walk. Attendees were also able to enjoy panel discussions exploring the emerging western art market and trends.

 

THE STYLE: The wide range of artworks and artist genres reflects the vastness of the great American West. From scenic landscapes, inspired Native Americans, and classic cowboys to stunning wildlife and detailed portraiture, there is something for every attendee and art enthusiast to enjoy. Some of the featured artists included Martin Grelle, George Hallmark, Z.S. Liang, Kenny McKenna, Jan Mapes, Don Oelze, Gladys Rolden de Moras, Paul Rhymer, Stefan Savides, Billy Schenck, Michael Ome Untiedt, Kim Wiggins, and Xiang Zhang.

 

The opening weekend included a Collectors Summit panel discussion, a VIP preview and a live auction on Friday. The live auction drew art sales of more than $551,000. Then, on Saturday, the fun continued with the Collectors Summit, a trunk show with Clint Orms, the Artists Awards Luncheon, and the opening of the Night of Artists Exhibition and “Luck of the Draw” sale. Delicious food stations, libations, and live music under the stars rounded out the night. The museum’s public exhibition continued with all unsold artwork available for purchase.

 

THE PURPOSE: The Night of Artists is the largest fundraiser for the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and this year raised $1.9 million, with the proceeds benefitting the museum. The Briscoe Western Art Museum is a collections-based institution building upon art and artifacts that tell the vast and multifaceted story of the American West.

 

MASTERFUL APPROACH

MASTERFUL APPROACH

McNay Art Museum Gala Dining With The Masters Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

 

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by David Sixt Photography

THE SETTING: The McNay Art Museum’s gala, Dining with the Masters: Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism welcomed 200 friends and supporters returning to the museum for a gala after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

 

The elegant evening unveiled an exclusive preview of Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism, a focus exhibition that brings together masterpieces from the McNay’s collection–including Evening Star No. 5 and From the Plains I–with key loans from the Whitney Museum of American Art and sister institutions within and beyond Texas. The exhibition is the first substantial presentation of O’Keeffe’s work at the McNay since the landmark O’Keeffe and Texas in 1998. The masterful exhibit featuring artworks by O’Keeffe’s contemporaries, including Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Helen Torr, presents an innovative, inclusive celebration befitting the first modern art museum in Texas.

 

THE STYLE: The Leeper Auditorium was stunning with the color palette looking as if it came directly from an O’Keeffe painting. David Garcia and his team from Statue of Design created stunning centerpieces and floral chandeliers that floated above guest’s tables. Don Strange of Texas treated guests to a sumptuous dinner. Many of the recipes for the evening came directly from Georgia O’Keeffe’s kitchen, including the pecan butterball cookies, which were given to guests as they departed. After dinner, guests made their way to the AT&T Lobby for dessert and music by DJ Despeinada.

 

THE PURPOSE: The mother and daughter duo, Betty Lou Sheerin and Kate Sheerin, chaired the gala, the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. The title sponsors were Neiman Marcus San Antonio and Valero. Proceeds from the gala benefit the McNay’s education, exhibition, and conservation programs, enabling the museum to continue its mission of engaging a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS

San Antonio Gardenia Club Luncheon Celebrates Fashion And Fine Arts

By Jake Gaines                     Photography by Jenna-Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Recently, at the Argyle Club, a glorious luncheon and style show unfolded on a sunny afternoon celebrating a Splendour On The Lawn theme. The event’s top-tier table attendees were initially welcomed at a VIP pre-party in the Champagne Room to kick off the afternoon of fun ahead.   

 

 THE STYLE: Attendees mingled in anticipation of the main event, the annual fashion show, a sensational runway of this season’s best fashions. Presented by Julian Gold and produced by Emily McMichael of R World Productions, the summery styles presented something for everyone, from pretty sundresses to resort wear and beyond. Serving as event emcee was past Gardenia Club President Siobhain Buckley, while the 2020-2022 Gardenia Club President Laura Humphries offered the group’s appreciation to its members, volunteers, and guests. The event-goers applauded a special performance by Melissa Gonzalez, representing The Woodlawn Theater & Woodlawn Academy. Also, a fine arts recognition donation was made to the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas on behalf of the Gardenia Club.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event was co-chaired by Sharron Batchelor and Christi Tidwell, who announced the fortunate silent auction and door prizes winners. The San Antonio Gardenia Club was founded in 1960 with the mission of providing fine arts scholarships to students within the San Antonio area. The club also participates in the annual Fiesta Battle of Flowers, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, and the Annual Holiday Parade.

SENSATIONAL & STATELY

SENSATIONAL & STATELY

Opening German Gala Presents Debutantes

By Jake Gaines     Photography by Katie Clementson of Billo Smith Photography

THE STYLE: The San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool autumn evening at The Red Berry Estate, owned and operated by the RK Group, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to the city’s society in such stately surroundings.

THE SETTING: Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, this year’s debutantes sparkled as they were presented by their fathers, then led to their escorts. A tent was constructed by Illusions Rentals & Design to hold the presentation ceremony, and Catering by Rosemary created the food stations. The cuisine was situated outside, in front of the estate, by the water’s edge under a moonlit sky. Ramiro Cervera and his Orchestra provided the live music for the presentation and the first dance of the debutantes with their fathers. The floral decor was created by Danny Cuellar and the Trinity Flowers team. The multi-colored arrangements provided the stunning color palette for the presentation stage and the tabletops. The after party music was provided by In IOCity and DJ Genafire.

THE PURPOSE:  The 2021-2022 President is George Edward Hinchey, and Stuart Lee Cavender, Jr. was the chairman of the 2021 Opening German. Formed in 1880, an inspired group of young San Antonio men gathered to create a new social organization. They named it The Ascension Club, which quickly flourished in San Antonio’s society. In 1890, under the leadership of J. Riley Gordon, Oliver Warwick, George W. Martin, and Francis L. Town, the name of the Club was changed to The San Antonio German Club, after The German, a popular dance of the era, which became a traditional dance during the Club’s early years. For 141 years since that time, with the exception of only a few years, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Witte Museum Celebrates 51st Game Dinner

By Jake Gaines         Photography by Kurtis Kronk Photography

THE SETTING: The 51st Annual Witte Game Dinner, an iconic event in San Antonio, was held with pandemic protocol in place, outside the Witte Museum’s beautiful eight-acre campus in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden. The event’s theme, The Lone Star Revival, celebrated the organization’s emergence from survival mode to a new revival. And, for the Witte, it was a reinvigoration of its mission to have a part in shaping the future of Texas. Fireworks rounded off the celebrations as the total amount raised was announced, adding to the already sparkling evening.

THE STYLE: Many of San Antonio’s most philanthropic donned their Western finery for a night of delicious wild game cuisine by the RK Group, live auctions, and a live country music performance by Aaron Watson at the Mays Family Center. This year, the Witte honored Kathy Mays Johnson and the Mays Family Foundation as the Texas Heritage Award recipients for their impact on the organization and across the state.

THE PURPOSE: The event chairs, Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling, and their committee created the theme for the evening that raised nearly $1.2 million to support the Museum’s recovery fund, including $115,000 in field trip funding. The Game Dinner is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, having funded educational programs, operations, and exhibitions for 51 years.

The pandemic made this year’s event crucial to ensure the funding needed for approximately 350,000 school-aged children and families to experience all the Witte has to offer, physically and virtually. XPEL and the Mays Family Foundation were the dinner’s presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors included Valero (Scholarship Sponsor), Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling (Entertainment), and the Tex Elliott Family (Texas Heritage Awards).

SCHOOL DAYS

SCHOOL DAYS

Texans Can Academies Hosts Annual Luncheon 

By Jake Gaines            Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Texans Can Academies–San Antonio recently honored Kim Lewis, CEO of KSL Resources and champion of childhood education and the arts, as its 2021 honoree.

 

THE STYLE: The annual Texans Can Academies–San Antonio Motherhood Lifetime Achievement Award was the purpose of the annual luncheon that honors leading women in the city who are distinguished for their exemplary compassion and service. San Antonio Country Club was the venue for the event and served as the backdrop for the many guests, including past honorees, for a moving tribute to Lewis. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Deborah Knapp of KENS 5 News. The event’s special speakers included current students of Texans Can Academies San Antonio, Adam Rubio and Jackeline Cabrera.

 

THE PURPOSE: Gloria Delgado served as the host committee chair. The event benefits the students of Texans Can Academies–San Antonio, a dropout prevention and recovery school now in its 20th year of service to the San  Antonio community, which today educates 600 at-risk San Antonio youth. This year’s sold-out event raised $205,000 to advance their mental health services, food services, scholarships, and other vital student support.