Art Museum Blast-Off

Blaffer Art Museum Gala delivers an out-of-this-world experience

Blaffer Art Museum Gala delivers an out-of-this-world experience

Blaffer Art Museum Gala, April 2016, John Blaffer Royall, Bridget Wade, Patrick Wade
Blaffer Art Museum gala chairs John Blaffer Royall, Bridget Wade, Patrick Wade. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Gretchen McFarland, Andrew McFarland
Gretchen McFarland, Andrew McFarland. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Meredith Hedemann, Travis hademann
Meredith Hedemann, Travis Hademann. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Wirt Blaffer, Nina Delano
Wirt Blaffer, Nina Delano. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Richard Taittinger, Elodie Tattinger
Richard Taittinger, Elodie Tattinger. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Claudia Schmuckli, Jo Furr
Claudia Schmuckli, Jo Furr. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Reggie Smith, Leigh Smith
Reggie Smith, Leigh Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Kelly Silvers, Nick Silvers
Kelly Silvers, Nick Silvers. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Anne Owen, Erik Arneberg, Ingrid Arneberg
Anne Owen, Erik Arneberg, Ingrid Arneberg. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Ryan Gordon, Ashley Putnam, Steve Putnam
Ryan Gordon, Ashley Putnam, Steve Putnam. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Kris Stuart, Christiane Stuart
Kris Stuart, Christiane Stuart. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Harry Gendel, Diane Gendel
Harry Gendel, Diane Gendel. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Michael Clark, Sallie Morian
Michael Clark, Sallie Morian. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Blaffer Art Museum Gala, April 2016, John Blaffer Royall, Bridget Wade, Patrick Wade
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Gretchen McFarland, Andrew McFarland
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Meredith Hedemann, Travis hademann
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Wirt Blaffer, Nina Delano
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Richard Taittinger, Elodie Tattinger
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Claudia Schmuckli, Jo Furr
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Reggie Smith, Leigh Smith
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Kelly Silvers, Nick Silvers
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Anne Owen, Erik Arneberg, Ingrid Arneberg
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Ryan Gordon, Ashley Putnam, Steve Putnam
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Kris Stuart, Christiane Stuart
Blaffer Galleria Gala, April 2016, Harry Gendel, Diane Gendel
Blaffer Gallery Gala, April 2016, Michael Clark, Sallie Morian

What: Blaffer Art Museum Gala.

Where: In the museum on the University of Houston campus.

The scoop: The "Odyssey 2016" gala delivered an out-of-this-world experience for guests who wined and dined beneath a stratosphere of floating florals and soaring golden meteorites. Leading the trés chic contingent were chairs John Blaffer Royall and Bridget and Patrick Wade.

The evening honored brother and sister Erik Arneberg and Ingrid Arneberg and their mother, the late Jane Dale Owen. Owen, granddaughter of Sarah Campbell Blaffer for whom the museum is named, chaired the museum's first gala in 1997 and last December bequeathed an unrestricted gift of $1 million to the museum. The evening raised $265,000 for the museum. All of it happy news for Blaffer director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli.

Who: Anne Owen and Hal Pontez, Lynne and Joe Hudson, Jo and Jim Furr, Jereann Chaney, Sallie Morian and Michael Clark, Christiane and Kris Stuart, Judy Nyquist, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Leslie Ballard Hull and Mark Hull, and Elodie and Richard Tattinger.