Swarms of arts supporters descended upon the first annual Glasstire Texas Auction Friday night. Held at the first floor Knoll Gallery inside the iconic Pennzoil Place, the inaugural event raised record amounts for the nonprofit arts magazine while tipping its hat to some of the Lone Star State's top artists.
"Glasstire may be based in Houston, but it covers all of Texas," said collector Judy Nyquist, who chairs the auction committee along with her husband Scott. "With this year's event, we wanted to make sure we showcased the amazing art from all corners of the state."
"With this year's event, we wanted to make sure we showcased the amazing art from all corners of the state," said collector and auction co-chia r Judy Nyquist.
A four-person committee — comprised of Houston art consultant Julie Kinzelman, Christina Rees of Fort Worth Contemporary Art, Austin gallerist Lora Reynolds and David Shelton of Houston's David Shelton Gallery — selected work from 15 Texas artists that, combined with underwriting support, brought in more than $100,000, according to a Saturday morning note from Glasstire founder and director Rainey Knudson.
The local arts community was out in full force at the event, including Lawndale Art Center director Christine West, Art Guy Michael Galbreth, the Blaffer Art Museum's Matt Johns, Menil curator Michelle White, Rice Gallery's Joshua Fischer and Houston gallerists Barbara Davis, Kerry Inman and Arturo Palacios.
Also spotted among the crowd were Glasstire writer-editor Kelly Klaasmeyer as well as Debra Barrera and Sharon Engelstein, both of whom were featured in the auction. Tunes for the evening were provided by Houston's own DJ Sun, who has a new album coming out in January.