Mary McCleary , the evening's honoree, was the first person we saw at last Friday evening's Art League Gala. Radiant. When we eventually found our table, there was a beautiful catalogue on each seat. Clint Willour penned the essay for this glossy, wonderful survey of her work. I first saw Mary's work at Moody Gallery and always wonder at its intricacy. And I wonder about the person who creates such intricate pieces, because my work is often off hand and careless.
This is one gala where I do not know a lot of the guests, unlike many other events. Just an observation. But most of the folks at our table, I know.
Here's Bert Long, passing by our table as Richard Stout and Douglas Britt contemplate their salads. Bert Long's wife, the painter Joan Batson, offered 'Olympus With Apologies' for the Art League's silent auction. What's not to love about this painting? Especially that breakfast tray with two fried eggs and orange juice. A regular breakfast.
I sat next to Penny Cerling. She's the lady in the Friday morning breakfast group. Long time painter and print maker. Penny's work is delicate, strong and beautiful. I need to take myself over to Hooks-Epstein Galleries to see more than the piece she donated to the auction.Sonny Flores and Fabene Welch seen in the crowd near the silent auction tables.
Here's a terrific silent auction item - a beautifully crafted stiletto heel by Omar Angel Perez. Check out his website to see the fine one of a kind furniture pieces he creates. That's Clint Wilour in the background.
Dessert was divine. And then we left.