The Station Museum of Contemporary Art pulsed with the art-savvy social set on Saturday evening for the Art4Life fête benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston. Co-chaired by Barbara Davis, Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald and Bryan Rosenstrauch, the event's star was a silent auction curated by Ms. Davis herself. Among the works up for bid on the museum walls were pieces by Rupert Garcia, Joseph Havel, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise and Susie Rosmarin.
At the center of the show was an untitled photograph of shattered glass from the estate of the late Christine Bruni Fondren. Originally part of her 2006 series "Automation," the piece was donated specifically by Christine's family as a gift to the auction.
Other blue-chip works on view included an electric-kinetic piece by Adela Andea (currently featured in a solo show at Anya Tish) and a wall-installation by James Drake, the Lubbock-born Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale star, whose exhibition at the Station has been extended through Jan. 30.
In all, 50 international and nationally acclaimed artists had work on display, capturing the eyes of such savvy local collectors as Paul and Suzanne Getty, Lester Marks, John and Beverly Berry and Victoria Lightman. The entire shining spectrum of art scenesters was present, from galleristas Deborah Colton and Linda Darke to AIDS Foundation heavyweights Teri Prats and Nathan Kasselder.
Trays of hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Chip Hight of Blue Apron floated throughout the galleries while mini treats by Celebrity Cupcakes satisfied the connoisseurs' sweet tooth. With services donated by Karen Steele of Creative Outsourcing, the party proved a windfall for the foundation and collectors alike.