Society / The Seen

Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches, Smooth Music and Big Winners

This Arty Party Had It All

BY // 11.21.16
photography John Lewis

What: Art on the Avenue

Where: Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St

Who: Art on the Avenue chairs and hosts Jane Eifler and Caroline Graham; Avenue CDC Executive Director Mary Lawler; artists Kathryn Rabinow, Patrick Renner, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Ken Mazzu, among others; honorary event chair John E. Walsh, Jr.; director of the Mayor’s office of cultural affairs Debra McNulty; Culinaire chef Barbara McKnight; Art League Houston’s Jennie Ash; fashionable guests included Tommy and Karli Shaw, Cathy and Ted Zwieg, Norberto Clemente, Melissa Socorro, Justin and Julianne Hickey, to name a few

PC Moment: Avenue CDC hosted its 20th annual Art on the Avenue at the Winter Street Studio on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. This two-night event was in celebration of 25 years of Avenue CDC and gathered a crowd of nearly 1,000 guests — standing firm as Houston’s largest charity silent art auction.

During the Preview Party, guests wandered the event space, listening to live music, eating light-bites, and art and jewelry made by local artists. PaperCity‘s Jailyn Marcel and James Brock curated the food that featured such delights as lobster bisque from Culinaire, strawberry and salmon crostini’s from Tout Suite, donut ice cream sandwiches from Lee’s Creamery, and more. Guests were treated to smooth music by Moodafaruka as they previewed and bid on the eclectic art featured.

Guest Juror Jennie Ash of Art League Houston of selected the winners of the evening, with Brian Ellison‘s photograph taking first place, Page Piland‘s mixed media artwork in second place, and Marlo Saucedo and Chell Vassallo took home honorable mentions for their separate pieces.

Holiday Gifting

  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Cotton Club
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Cotton Club
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Wayne Smith
  • Asher Gallery
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Wayne Smith
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston

On Saturday evening, rhythm and blues musician Texas Johnny Boy rocked the house, as guests attended the auction and party, enjoying food provided by El Patio.

This PaperCity sponsored event ultimately featured art from more than 300 local artists, and raised more than $200,000 towards assisting Houston communities by developing affordable homes and housing for residents, providing home-buyer education and counseling programs, and more.

Home, chic home.

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