The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston continued its tradition Saturday of taking art world interests out into the real world with its Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational at the Greater Houston Gun Club.
Close to 150 shooters and another 50 spectators turned out in their finest hunting attire for the morning-through-lunch outing that was as much about high style as about competitive clays. Some in this group were so well-turned out that they might have been shooting grouse on the moors of Scotland. Well, almost.
The shooting stations opened at 9 a.m. (earphones on!) and the clays were pulled until the final shots were fired. Following the lunch, catered by the swank Coronado Club, the winners were presented their trophies. In the Hunter Competition, the Master Class Champion was awarded to Chris Elliott and the Master Class Runner-Up was awarded to Reed Morian. In the Sporting Clays Competition, the Master Class Champion was awarded to Willie Coffey and the Master Class Runner-Up was awarded to Mike Sellers.
Some in this group were so well-turned out that they might have been shooting grouse on the moors of Scotland.
Beyond the shooting competition, there was plenty of shopping to be done at the tempting displays put on by various vendors ranging from Blixt & Co. (driven shooting excursion) to Pickard & Boots Co. (custom boots) to Dos Carolinas (custom guayaberas).
As guests were encouraged to bring their pooches along, there was even a doggie competition. Jana and Scotty Arnoldy's Grace Kelly won honors for Best Smile while honors for Most Involved went to Lilly Belle, belonging to the event chairs Brenda Love and Ed Jones.
The VIP crowd included MFAH director Gary Tinterow, Gaye and John Kelsey, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Butch Mach, Tevia McLaren, Laurie Morian and Kim and Dan Tutcher and Nigel Beaumont, president of London-based James Purdy & Sons, world-renowned makers of English-style shotguns and sporting firearms.
The event raised $152,000.