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10 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Lea Weingarten, Clint Willour, Julie Farr
Lea Weingarten, from left, Clint Willour and Julie Farr at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Judy Nyquist, Kelie Mayfield
Judy Nyquist, left, and Kelie Mayfield at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Max Fishko, Fredericka Hunter
Max Fishko and Fredericka Hunterat the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Yvette Hill, Scott Hill
Yvette and Scott Hill at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Russell Sherrill and Lisa Sherrill
Russell and Lisa Sherrill at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Rebecca Rossmann, Cullen Geiselman
Rebecca Rossmann, left, and Cullen Geiselman at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Sara Beck, Rob Proctor
Sara Beck and Rob Proctor at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Jessica Phifer, Jerreann Chaney
Jessica Phifer, left, and Jerreann Chaney at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Lori Cassady, Michael Landrum
Lori Cassady and Michael Landrum at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Mark McCray, Lee Steffy, Bill Arning, Jeffrey Wainhause
Mark McCray, from left, Lee Steffy, Bill Arning and Jeffrey Wainhause at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Kim Robinson and David Robinson
Kim and David Robinson at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Greg Barr, Gail Robin
Greg Barr and Gail Rubin at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Michael Mandola, Kerry Inman
Michael Mandola and Kerry Inman at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Sam Lasseter, Nancy O'Connor, Dean Daderko, Jill Whitton
Sam Lasseter, from left, Nancy O'Connor, Dean Daderko and Jill at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering.Whitton Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Stuart Rosenberg, Barbara Davis
Stuart Rosenberg and Barbara Davis at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Hannah James, William Middleton
Hannah James and William Middleton at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair gathering. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Lea Weingarten, Clint Willour, Julie Farr
16 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Judy Nyquist, Kelie Mayfield
14 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Max Fishko, Fredericka Hunter
15 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Yvette Hill, Scott Hill
13 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Russell Sherrill and Lisa Sherrill
12 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Rebecca Rossmann, Cullen Geiselman
11 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Sara Beck, Rob Proctor
9 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Jessica Phifer, Jerreann Chaney
8 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Lori Cassady, Michael Landrum
7 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Mark McCray, Lee Steffy, Bill Arning, Jeffrey Wainhause
6 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Kim Robinson and David Robinson
5 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Greg Barr, Gail Robin
4 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Michael Mandola, Kerry Inman
3 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Sam Lasseter, Nancy O'Connor, Dean Daderko, Jill Whitton
2 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Stuart Rosenberg, Barbara Davis
1 Texas Contemporary Art Fair kick-off April 2013 Hannah James, William Middleton

Anyone with anything less than a serious working knowledge of the contemporary art world might have felt rather out of place at Triniti Monday night when scores of sophisticates gathered to chew over the prospects for next fall's Texas Contemporary Art Fair.

Managing partners Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause jetted in from New York to thank returning galleries for their support and to introduce high-profile newcomers such as Barbara Davis. The consensus on this night was that the powerful collection of galleries participating is helping position the third annual show as one of the country's top stops for contemporary collectors, reason enough for the duo from New York-based artMRKT Productions to pop in.

The fair continues to grow as a valuable introduction not only to the galleries involved but also to Houston itself and its rich cultural offerings. As Inman Gallery's Kerry Inman pointed out, the fair brings in dealers from as far away as Japan and visitors from around the country.

Just as art was on the table for discussion so were the artful creations of Triniti chef Ryan Hildebrand. Savoring both the art talk and the menu samplings were guests including Judy Nyquist, Michael Landrum and Pepper Paratore, Lea Weingarten, William Middleton, Lisa and Russell Sherrill, Karen Farber, David Shelton, Jessica Phifer and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning. CAMH is beneficiary of the opening night party on Oct. 10.

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