Blanton Museum’s 50th Anniversary Gala

blanton suzanne cowboy(Community Matters) Great fun last night as guests of Suzanne Deal Booth & David Booth at the Blanton Museum’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

Loved launching at the museum, I haven’t toured there in way too long. Collectors and supporters loaned many of their works. Richard Hartgrave and Gary Cooper loaned a Michael Tracy. I especially liked City Plot by El Anatsui, a tapestry of aluminum liquor bottle caps and copper wire. It blanton El Anatsui City Plot Eliza and Stewart Stedman Collectionreminded me of Suzanne Tick’s work – who I immediately texted with a pic and of course she knows the work.

Unfortunately, it’s been a busy weekend and we weren’t able to participate in Friday’s & Saturday’s activities. Tommie & Lynn Meredith hosted a cocktail reception Friday night. Deborah Green, Chris Mattson and Jeannie & Mickey Klein hosted house tours of their collections yesterday. Jeannie & Mickey, Suzanne & David and Mary & Howard Yancy were the Austin co-chairs. I believe the event raised $1.2 – $1.3 million – congrats to all.

update: I love Gary Cooper’s pic and  email note:

blanton cooper pic

RE: President Powers and Franco’s Flowers:

Both made very strong, elegant statements. Powers received a thunderous standing ovation; when introduced, Greg Abbott received only a brief light applause. Where was our esteemed governor? Franco (Tiburzcio Herrera) and his beautiful family–Mandarin Flower Company–created a spectacular effect of massive white arrangements floating in space, as well as a towering white display under the Bullock Museum dome. So proud of him!

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