It was a cool collection of power players, art world notables and AIDS Foundation Houston supporters that turned out 200 strong at Barbara Davis Gallery Thursday night. The occasion was an energized kick-off to build up interest in the Jan. 22 Arts 4 Life benefit at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
Gallerist Barbara Davis, co-chair of the upcoming fundraiser with Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald and husband Bryan Rosenstrauch, hosted the evening at her gallery where performance artists provided entertainment and a host of food vendors provided light bites. Schwarzwald is known for her work with pediatric AIDS patients as vice president for clinical affairs and section head for retrovirology and global health at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.
Spreading the word on the Jan. 22 event were AFH development head Teri Prats along with Nathan Joel Kasselder and Debra Elliott Griffith. They touted the fact that featured artists participating are Rupert Garcis, Joe Havel, Donald Lipski, Joe Mancuso and Mie Olise.
Close to 50 recognized artists have donated works for the evening that includes the art-filled silent auction, food and drink and post-auction dancing.
Among those making the kick-off were Vero Group president Sir Mark Haukohl, Quantlab Financial's Bruce Eames, plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel and wife Cheryl, Saks Fifth Avenue's Terry Zmyslo and Sylvia Forsyth, Erick Ragni, William Dobbs, Samira Slaman, Miriam Habib, Jeff Shell, Nancy Marcus Golden, Neal Hamil and Jared Lang with Cara Morales.