To say that Wade Wilson is just a gallerist is akin to saying that Mozart composed pretty music. A good friend to artists of all genres, it's not uncommon to run into Wilson partying it up at black tie galas, bid calling at live auctions and donating big-money to causes near and dear to him.
It was no surprise to find a packed house at his Sixth Anniversary Party at Wade Wilson Art. Located in the heart of lower Montrose, the gallery rotates exhibitions almost monthly. But on this particular social affair, the cool venue morphed into a swanky jazz club where more than 100 stylish guests raised the roof to bluesy tunes of white-woman-with-rhythm, Kristine Mills, and quartet.
And what a show it was.
In "Silhouette," Mills opts for love and beauty rather than the darkness of the health struggle, bringing about smiles in the faces of the captivated audience.
Engulfed by Libbie Masterson's "Nuit," a collection of French nighttime and early morning photographs that's part of FotoFest 2012, Mills rocked the house with Duke Ellington Orchestra's pianist Tommy "TJ" James. The duo had returned recently from a New York City gig at the Metropolitan Room, where they jammed tunes from A Collector's Waltz, the original soundtrack to Michel Muylle's documentary exploring Houston artists, their colorful fans and collectors — which includes Wilson — which is scheduled for release this spring.
The soundtrack includes "Wade's Waltz," an instrumental number nodding to Wilson that escapes its triple meter framework to imbue the free soundscape with chic yet friendly harmonies.
Alongside bassist David Craig and drummer Vernon Daniels, Mills was pure entertainment joy, shaking those egg maracas like they were going out of style and belting her own comfortable soulful melodies with such warmth. The musicale went beyond just a concert.
It was a delightful soiree during which Mills connected with listeners intimately.
Adding to the playbill was "Silhouette," written by Mills with lyrics in collaboration with Brian Spack. The song is an homage to Cindi Rose's sister, Holly Harwood Skolkin, who lost a 15-year fight against breast cancer. In "Silhouette," Mills opts for love and beauty rather than the darkness of the health struggle, bringing about smiles in the faces of the captivated audience.
Toasting to a happy-go-lucky Wilson were Anna Dean, Coco Blaffer, Janet Blocker, gallerist Deborah Colton, Bruce Eames, Michel Muylle and Elina Htun.