Glassell Gone Gonzo

12-foot disco shark swims overhead as art school fans rock out in psychedelic frenzy

Disco shark on prowl as art school fans rock out in psychedelic frenzy

Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Joe Havel; Melissa and Albert Grobmyer
Glassell School director Joe Havel, left, with chairs Melissa and Albert Grobmyer. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 decor
The 12-foot disco shark swims above DJ Kiss. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Steve and Betty Newton; Judy and Scott Nyquist
Steve and Betty Newton, with Judy and Scott Nyquist. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Alfred C. Glassell, III; Marli Andrade; Jesse Garza=
Alfred C. Glassell, III, from left, Marli Andrade and Jesse Garza. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Reggie Smith; Hiram Butler; Leigh Smith
Reggie Smith, from left, Hiram Butler and Leigh Smith. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Wayne and Heather Kearney
Wayne and Heather Kearney. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 	Bridget and Patrick Wade; Brad Nagar; Reid Sutton
Bridget and Patrick Wade, from left, Brad Nagar and Reid Sutton. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Janet and Paul Hobby
Janet and Paul Hobby. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Elisabeth and Brian McCabe
Elisabeth and Brian McCabe. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Bernie and Mary Arocha; Emily Church
Bernie and Mary Arocha, from left, with Emily Church. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Nancy Powell Moore; Ron and Mickie Huebsch
Nancy Powell Moore, from left, with Ron and Mickie Huebsch. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Janet and Harvin Moore
Janet and Harvin Moore. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Norman Ewart; Jereann Chaney
Norman Ewart and Jereann Chaney. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Steven Graubart; Gaby Ortega
Steven Graubart and Gaby Ortega. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Barbara Davis, Gary Tinterow
Barbara Davis and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow. Photo by Jenny Antill
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Joe Havel; Melissa and Albert Grobmyer
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 decor
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Steve and Betty Newton; Judy and Scott Nyquist
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Alfred C. Glassell, III; Marli Andrade; Jesse Garza=
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Reggie Smith; Hiram Butler; Leigh Smith
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Wayne and Heather Kearney
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 	Bridget and Patrick Wade; Brad Nagar; Reid Sutton
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Janet and Paul Hobby
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Elisabeth and Brian McCabe
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Bernie and Mary Arocha; Emily Church
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Nancy Powell Moore; Ron and Mickie Huebsch
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Janet and Harvin Moore
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Norman Ewart; Jereann Chaney
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Steven Graubart; Gaby Ortega
Glassell Benefit and Auction 2015 Barbara Davis, Gary Tinterow

Of course, creativity is at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art and the annual fundraising event held each spring is a colorful mashup of creative talents and zany fun. But never has it been more eclectic and entertaining than Friday night when the party moved to the Texas Medical Center Accelerator or TMCx.

The Glassell School is currently surrounded by road construction, so what better place to hold the "Glassell Gone Gonzo!" themed event than a former Nabisco cookie factory that now provides hip industrial space for medical start-ups.

Chairs Melissa and Albert Grobmyer oversaw the partying that found most of the 300-plus guests dressed in their disco best. Psychedelic chic seemed to be the driving fashion force behind the bold colors and giant floral prints. New York's DJ Kiss provided the spins that had guests dancing amid the disco club setting created by Bergner & Johnson. Think  neon light projections, seated lounge areas and vibrant and multicolored floral arrangements.

Focal point of the decor was a 12-foot "disco shark" floating above the DJ, the big fish created for the party by TX/RX Labs.

Adding to the kitty, which by night's end totaled more than $376,000, was the silent auction of 50 artworks contributed by local and nationwide artists and 36 works by Glassell students. 

A Fare Extraordinaire provided the party food with a serious buffet including basil roasted salmon, smoked duck confit cigars, smashed potato bar, tie dye deviled eggs and seaweed salad. For the true hipsters in the mix, the munchies bar offerd chili Frito pies, firecracker-encrusted chicken and seasoned curly fries. Rounding out the party fare were mint herbed brownies, butterscotch haystacks, psychedelic Jello shots, lime basil bars and chocolate pretzel pie wedges.

Disco queens and kings included Alfred Glassell III and Marli Andrade, Leslie and Brad  Bucher, Betty and Stephen Newton, Kathy and John Orton, Hiram Butler, Susan Young, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Nancy Powell Moore, Clare and Doug Ankenman, Jereann Chaney and Kathy and Marty Goossen.