Rienzi Spring Party

Art lovers celebrate the spring season in style at River Oaks mansion


Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Maddie Britt, Mark McConn, Scotty Finnegan, Kelli Bunch
Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Douglas McConn, Ann Wolpert
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Lexi Sakowitz, Michael Marek
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, the pool
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Christiana McConn, Carroll Goodman
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, John Reckling, Angie Reckling
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Rachel Lawrence, Mark Lawrence
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, decor
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Stacey Henningsen, Jeff Henningsen
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, Catherine Ozdogan, Cenk Ozdogan
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Houston, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2017, tacos
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Over 320 glam art lovers celebrated the season at the Rienzi Spring Party, chaired by Stacey and Jeff Henningsen, Rachel and Mark Lawrence, and Angie and John Reckling.

The festive soiree raised $152,000 in support of Rienzi, the River Oaks mansion designed by prominent Houston architect John Staub in 1952 that nows serves as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston museum for European decorative arts.

The event shined the spotlight on the Mexican Room at Rienzi via a “Mexican Fiesta” theme.  

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Maddie Britt, Mark McConn, Scotty Finnegan, Kelli Bunch.

Douglas McConn, Ann Wolpert.

Lexi Sakowitz, Michael Marek.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner poolside at Rienzi, situated on four acres of wooded gardens. The mansion was the formerly the home of Houston arts patrons Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III.

Christiana McConn, Carroll Goodman.

John Reckling, Angie Reckling.

Rachel Lawrence, Mark Lawrence.

The décor and and flowers by Swift + Company included tables adorned with black and melon linens, along with colorful centerpieces of orange roses, fuchsia anemones, red Gerbera daisies, and blue hydrangeas. 

Stacey Henningsen, Jeff Henningsen.

Catherine Ozdogan, Cenk Ozdogan.

The menu by Swift + Company included passed hors d’oeuvres, from squash blossom quesadillas to jalapeno quail and pecan-smoked bacon brochettes, and buffet fare including cheese enchiladas, roasted fresh corn and crispy beef tacos. 

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