Planning a party on the first Saturday of SXSW seems like a risky decision to many social-focused Austinites. However, the Blanton Museum of Art certainly knows its demographic. Scheduling their Art on the Edge fundraiser on just such an evening not only succeeded … but likely exceed anyone’s expectations.
A throng of art supporters filled the museum’s massive atrium on a dreary, wet night in their best and brightest ready to celebrate the reopening (and reinstallation) of the Blanton’s permanent collection. Noshes were passed, cocktails were quaffed and good times were had on the dance floor.
Honorary Chair Kate Perez, along with husband Hector, held court among the masses … many recognizing it was likely the last time most would see this amiable couple on the social circuit in Austin as they make their move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We’ll miss them and their energy, but hopefully the organizations who have benefited from their generosity (like the Blanton) will pull them back to town from time-to-time.
But back to the event at hand. Kate’s counterpart as Chair this year was the equally involved A.J. Bingham, who made the night a family affair by escorting his parents to the party. To say the least, this event was a welcome respite from the madness of the massive festival crowds and a reminder why Austinites are so supportive of local endeavors.
SPOTTED in the crowd were Victoria Avila, Sophia Avila, Juliana and Bryan Azar, Justin Baugh and Kelly Mosser, Suzanne Deal Booth, Abby and Chris Hendel, Franco Herrera, Karen Jantsch, LeMel Humes, Michelle Jantsch, plus Wade Giles and Jeff Schab, among many others.