Margarita Madness

Craft center celebrates coming of age with wild Margarita Madness quinceañera celebration

Craft center celebrates coming of age with wild quinceañera party

Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Kathryn Rabinow, J. Michael Solis, Sarah Morgan
Kathryn Rabinow, J. Michael Solis, Sara Morgan. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri
Chairs Carlos and Karina Barbieri. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Blaize, Naomi and Kendrick Middleton
Blaize Middleton, Naomi Middleton, Kendrick Middleton. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Erika Garza, Michael Loomis, Adriana Tristan, and Mark Alcocer
 Erika Garza, Michael Loomis, Adriana Tristan, Mark Alcocer. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, John & Frances Dyess
John Dyess, Frances Dyess. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, John Guess Jr., Melanie Lawson
John Guess Jr., Melanie Lawson. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Janice Henderson, Faith White
Janice Henderson, Faith White. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Perry Price, Richard Rabinow, Kathryn Rabinow
 Perry Price, Richard Rabinow, Kathryn Rabinow. Photos by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Miriam Mendoza, Susan Budge
Miriam Mendoza, Susan Budge. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Eduardo & Maria Morales
Eduardo Morales, Maira Morales. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Selvin Jarmon O’Keefe, Nyala Wright Nolen
Selvin Jarmon O’Keefe, Nyala Wright Nolen. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Marshal Lightman, Phyllis Childress, Rosemary Price, Edward Lane McCartney
Marshal Lightman, Phyllis Childress, Rosemary Price, Edward Lane McCartney. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016,
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft rocks with "Margarita Madness." Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016,
Each guest received a handcrafted margarita glass. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Kathryn Rabinow, J. Michael Solis, Sarah Morgan
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Blaize, Naomi and Kendrick Middleton
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Erika Garza, Michael Loomis, Adriana Tristan, and Mark Alcocer
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, John & Frances Dyess
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, John Guess Jr., Melanie Lawson
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Janice Henderson, Faith White
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Perry Price, Richard Rabinow, Kathryn Rabinow
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Miriam Mendoza, Susan Budge
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Eduardo & Maria Morales
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Selvin Jarmon O’Keefe, Nyala Wright Nolen
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016, Marshal Lightman, Phyllis Childress, Rosemary Price, Edward Lane McCartney
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016,
Center for Contemporary Craft, Margarita Madness, Jan. 2016,

With some ladies channeling Frida Kahlo, others in tiaras and frilly party frocks and gents in guayaberas, we had thought that the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft had embodied just about all the quinceañera fun possible. But no. Because then J. Michael Solis arrived.

Taking the "Margarita Madness" waaaaay over the top, Solis dressed as the ultimate quinceañera drag queen. Think rhinestone mask, pink tulle skirt with flower appliques, hot-pink feather boa and an incredible hat filled overflowing with colorful flowers, purple feathers, and white lights.

As the center celebrates its 15th anniversary, organizers decided that rather than the traditional "Martini Madness" the party would celebrate the museum's coming of age Hispanic style. With that guests were encourage to dress for the party and the center on Main Street was decorated to the hilt with market lights and papel picado. Trio Fórte performed Latin fusion sounds that had the dance floor continually rocking. Guests lined up throughout the galleries to grab a plate of Mexican specialties from Green House Catering.

The Agavales Tequila flowed in various forms, poured into handcrafted margarita glasses which served as colorful keepsake party favors. On arrival, guests could chose the glass of their choice from tables loaded with creations from artists from Houston and beyond.

Karina and Carlos Barbieri chaired the evening that was the first social event for HCCC’s incoming executive director Perry Price and his wife, Rosemary.

Joining the zany fun were HCCC board president Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding, Phyllis Childress, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Eduardo and Maria Morales, Roxanne Newmann, Kara and Ulises Vidal, Cheryl and Percy "King" Creuzot, Selvin Jarmon O’Keefe, Minnette and Peter Boesel, Bill Morgan and Sara Morgan, craft center founder.

As Sara Morgan looked at the crowd of 200, several in billowing quinceañera style gowns, she noted, "Not too many people have shown up in one of those dresses. It's a good thing because there wouldn't be any room."

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