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Honored leader: Mayor Annise Parker gets a swanky Houston party for her national award

Honored leader: Mayor Parker gets a swanky party for national award

News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Jonathon Glus, Minnette Boesel, Mayor Parker, Marc Melcher, Leslie Blanton
Jonathon Glus, from left, Minnette Boesel, Mayor Annise Parker, Marc Melcher and Leslie Blanton.  Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Richard Schechter, Karen Garcia, Sanjay Ram
Richard Schechter, left, Karen Garcia and Sanjay Ram. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
14 3522 Leigh Smith, left, and Philamena Baird at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
Leigh Smith, left, and Philamena Baird. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 3211 David Robinson, from left, Gary Mosely and Scott Hill at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
City Councilman David Robinson, from left, Gary Mosely and Scott Hill. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Cullen Geiselman, Theola Petteway
Cullen Geiselman, left, and Theola Petteway.  Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, Mayor Annise Parker, Ed Gonzalez
Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Jonathon Glus, Minnette Boesel, Mayor Parker, Marc Melcher, Leslie Blanton
Laura Bellow, left, and Geraldina Wise.  Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Laurette Canizares, Alton LaDay, Desrye Morgan
Laurette Canizares, left, Alton LaDay and Desrye Morgan.  Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Nicholas Kanellos, left, and David Ruiz
Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
10 3354 Jack and Leslie Blanton at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
Jack and Leslie Blanton. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 3198 Pierre Yu, left, and Harry Gee at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
Pierre Yu, left, and Harry Gee. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Jonathon Glus, Minnette Boesel, Mayor Parker, Marc Melcher, Leslie Blanton
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Richard Schechter, Karen Garcia, Sanjay Ram
14 3522 Leigh Smith, left, and Philamena Baird at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
5 3211 David Robinson, from left, Gary Mosely and Scott Hill at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Cullen Geiselman, Theola Petteway
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, Mayor Annise Parker, Ed Gonzalez
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Jonathon Glus, Minnette Boesel, Mayor Parker, Marc Melcher, Leslie Blanton
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Laurette Canizares, Alton LaDay, Desrye Morgan
News, Shelby, Mayor Parker Award, Feb. 2015 Nicholas Kanellos, left, and David Ruiz
10 3354 Jack and Leslie Blanton at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015
3 3198 Pierre Yu, left, and Harry Gee at the Reception Honoring Mayor for Arts Leadership February 2015

What: Reception honoring Mayor Annise Parker.

Where: The art-filled home of Marc Melcher, Houston Arts Alliance board chair.

The 411: Arts community leaders and Parker fans gathered to salute the mayor for her receiving the 2015 national award for "Local Arts Leadership" (cities of 100,000 and larger), originally presented in January in Washington D.C. by Americans for the Arts.

Americans for the Arts board member Leslie Blanton re-presented the award which the mayor earned for being an avid supporter of the arts through her tenure as City Council member, controller and Mayor of Houston. She was recognized for, among other things, her aid in providing funding for civic art and arts projects, programs and organizations; nominating cultural districts and naming the city’s first poet laureate.

Who: City Councilmen David Robinson and Ed Gonzalez plus Laura Bellows, Cullen Geiselman, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Jack Blanton, Joe Dilg, Victoria and Marshal Lightman, Claudia Schmuckli, Leigh and Reggie Smith, Judy Nyquist, Geraldina Wise, David Wuthrich, Janette Cosley, Laura Bellows and Brad Bucher.