Houston Fine Art Fair Opening Night, 09.09.2015
What: Houston Fine Art Fair Opening Night.
Where: NRG Center.
Who: Fair founder Rick Friedman in from the Hamptons; honorees Lester Marks with wife Penelope, Michelle Barnes, and Clint Willour with pal gallerist Betty Moody; super collector Jereann Chaney with Norman Ewart; FotoFest’s executive director Steven Evans holding court in the nonprofit’s booth (FotoFest was the eve’s beneficiary); host committee VIPS including gallerist and chair Deborah Colton, Anna and Thomas Au, and Jennifer and Steve Dolman; in from Corpus Christi Art Museum of South Texas director Joe Schenk, leading the charge in the Dorothy Hood pavilion, which previewed the museum’s upcoming Hood retrospective set for September 2016.
PC Moment: Amid a surge of 2,500 art-devoted attendees, Friedman first revealed privately the news of the changing of the guard, and introduced us to new Fair owners Urban Expositions CEO Doug Miller and VP Joan Ulrich. (Friedman will stay on in adviser capacity; read more in our arts story.)