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Susan Fowler, from left, Claire Bond, Jenn Char, Mary Paulette and John De la Cruz at the Art Heist April 2014
Susan Fowler, from left, Claire Bond, Jenn Char, Mary Paulette and John De la Cruz. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Michael Piana, from left, Pandora Snethkamp and Ed Parsley at the Art Heist April 2014
Michael Piana, from left, Pandora Snethkamp and Ed Parsley. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Nancy Loncarich, from left, Suzanne Vaughn and Julie Whitten at the Art Heist April 2014
Nancy Loncarich, from left, Suzanne Vaughn and Julie Whitten. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Sandy Zilker, from left, Sharon Dennard and Patrick Palmer at the Art Heist April 2014
Sandy Zilker, from left, Sharon Dennard and Patrick Palmer. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Ray and Liz Fitzgerald at the Art Heist April 2014
Ray and Liz Fitzgerald. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Lily Jang at the Art Heist April 2014
Lily Jang at Art Heist. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
J.D. Adamson, from left, Paul Pettie, Jeff Gremillion and Tony Gibson at the Art Heist April 2014
J.D. Adamson, from left, Paul Pettie, Jeff Gremillion and Tony Gibson. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Nicola Parente, from left, with Terri and David Blackmon at the Art Heist April 2014
Nicola Parente, from left, with Terri and David Blackmon. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Nancy Keely, from left, Lisa and Jess Vanove and John Kelly at the Art Heist April 2014
Nancy Keely, from left, Lisa and Jess Vanove and John Kelly. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Mike Stockage, from left, Karen Huitka-Pearson and Mike Pearson, Tina Bomar and Bill Miller at the Art Heist April 2014
Mike Stockage, from left, Karen Huitka-Pearson and Mike Pearson, Tina Bomar and Bill Miller. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Kimberly and Kurt Roe at the Art Heist April 2014
Kimberly and Kurt Roe. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Kim Weller, from left, Mike McRoberts and Jill Vanzelfden at the Art Heist April 2014
Kim Weller, from left, Mike McRoberts and Jill Vanzelfden. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Barry and Michelle White at the Art Heist April 2014
Barry and Michelle White. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Terri Dirrado at the Art Heist April 2014
Terri Dirrado at Art Heist. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Dustin Walk, left, and Anthony Martinez at the Art Heist April 2014
Dustin Walk, left, and Anthony Martinez. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Cheyenne Admire, from left, Stacey Lang, Chris Vierra, Maggie Vierra and Christine Gentil at the Art Heist April 2014
Cheyenne Admire, from left, Stacey Lang, Chris Vierra, Maggie Vierra and Christine Gentil. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
The crowd in the festive tent at the Art Heist April 2014
The crowd in the festive tent at Art Heist. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Susan Fowler, from left, Claire Bond, Jenn Char, Mary Paulette and John De la Cruz at the Art Heist April 2014
Michael Piana, from left, Pandora Snethkamp and Ed Parsley at the Art Heist April 2014
Nancy Loncarich, from left, Suzanne Vaughn and Julie Whitten at the Art Heist April 2014
Sandy Zilker, from left, Sharon Dennard and Patrick Palmer at the Art Heist April 2014
Ray and Liz Fitzgerald at the Art Heist April 2014
Lily Jang at the Art Heist April 2014
J.D. Adamson, from left, Paul Pettie, Jeff Gremillion and Tony Gibson at the Art Heist April 2014
Nicola Parente, from left, with Terri and David Blackmon at the Art Heist April 2014
Nancy Keely, from left, Lisa and Jess Vanove and John Kelly at the Art Heist April 2014
Mike Stockage, from left, Karen Huitka-Pearson and Mike Pearson, Tina Bomar and Bill Miller at the Art Heist April 2014
Kimberly and Kurt Roe at the Art Heist April 2014
Kim Weller, from left, Mike McRoberts and Jill Vanzelfden at the Art Heist April 2014
Barry and Michelle White at the Art Heist April 2014
Terri Dirrado at the Art Heist April 2014
Dustin Walk, left, and Anthony Martinez at the Art Heist April 2014
Cheyenne Admire, from left, Stacey Lang, Chris Vierra, Maggie Vierra and Christine Gentil at the Art Heist April 2014
The crowd in the festive tent at the Art Heist April 2014

With Mother Nature smiling upon Memorial Park — mostly clear skies, lovely temperate weather plus an ever so gentle breeze — Sunday was lively for the 43rd Annual Bayou City Art Festival. Word from the artists is that attendance peaked on this last day of the juried fair.

Headliner blues chanteuse Marcia Ball surely was a big draw. And so was the Art Heist, the yearly garden party that has patrons on a mad dash to steal art from a collection of 112 pieces donated by festival participants. Chaired by Art Colony Association board members Claire Bond and John De la Cruz, the fundraiser was themed after the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

 With only 15 seconds on the clock, attendees' only misdeed was taking too long to choose their loot and get out of the way for the next swindler.

After Mayor's Office director of boards and commissions Jenn Char read a proclamation that declared March 30, 2014, Bayou City Art Festival Day, around 220 guests anxiously waited for their numbered ping pong ball to be pulled from a bingo cage by emcee Lily Jang of KHOU Channel 11. With only 15 seconds on the clock, attendees' only misdeed was taking too long to choose their loot and get out of the way for the next swindler.

Goodies from Jackson and Co. and bevs from Deep Eddy Vodka added to the colorful fun, and so did the gorgeous orchids all guests received as a memento of the happy occasion.

Spotted among the crowd were Phoebe Tudor, Kevin Bryant, Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland, Miya Shay and Gene Wu with their little darling Winston, Jeff Hoffman, Gerardo Guerrero, Deborah Elias, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Edward Sanchez, Michelle and Barry White, Paul Pettie, Jeff Gremillion, Terri Dirrado, Sandy Zilker, Patrick Palmer, Michael Piana, Mary Paulette, Bart Truxillo, Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan.

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