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Auction party: The stakes are raised for Planned Parenthood at this artful River Oaks bash

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Susan Bischoff and Eddie Allen in front of the Jim Dine watercolor at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Susan Bischoff, left, and Eddie Allen admire a Jim Dine watercolor painting. Photo by Sarah Austin
 Judy Nyquist, Anne Chao at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Judy Nquist, from left, Ann Chao Photo by Sarah Austin
 Joe Aker in front of his artwork at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Joe Aker and a piece of his art. Photo by Sarah Austin
Anne Graubart and Kathryn Rabinow with the William Wegman photograph in background at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Anne Graubart, from left, and Kathryn Rabinow, with William Wegman photograph in background Photo by Sarah Austin
Adam Newar, Page Kempner at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Adam Newar, from left, and Page Kempner. Photo by Sarah Austin
Elizabeth Weingarten, Carol Neuberger at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Elizabeth Weingarten, from left and Carol Neuberger. Photo by Sarah Austin
Beverly Robinson, Leslie Robinson, Russ Robinson at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Beverly Robinson, from left Leslie Robinson and Russ Robinson. Photo by Sarah Austin
Patrick Hughes’ piece “One Artist Stands Out” at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Patrick Hughes' "One Artist Stands Out." Photo by Sarah Austin
Melaney Linton, Jennifer Zumbado at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Melany Linton, from left, and Jennifer Zumbado. Photo by Sarah Austin
Susan Bischoff and Eddie Allen in front of the Jim Dine watercolor at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
 Judy Nyquist, Anne Chao at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
 Joe Aker in front of his artwork at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Anne Graubart and Kathryn Rabinow with the William Wegman photograph in background at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Adam Newar, Page Kempner at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Elizabeth Weingarten, Carol Neuberger at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Beverly Robinson, Leslie Robinson, Russ Robinson at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Patrick Hughes’ piece “One Artist Stands Out” at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction
Melaney Linton, Jennifer Zumbado at Planned Parenthood Fine Art Auction

What: Fine Art Auction benefiting Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

Where: The artful River Oaks home of Judy and Scott Nyquist.

The 411: Guests sipped wine and nibbled light bites from A La Carte Catering while strolling from room to room to view and bid on donated art treasures from well-known artists such as Patrick Hughes, Jim Dine, James Surls, William Wegman, MANUAL, Don Reitz and Joe Aker, who was on hand to share the story behind his iconic photograph "Lonely Road." The auction items were displayed among the Nyquists' own exquisite collection, generating lively conversation among the art lovers.

Presiding over the auction was Houston artist and philanthropist Kathryn Rabinow who, with her daughter Sarah Pesikoff, is chairing the "The Gala: For a Million Women, For a Million Reasons," benefiting Planned Parenthood, on Oct. 25 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. The Reitz and Surls sculptures were sold outright and Rabinow even received phone-in bids as the party progressed.

Who: The artistic crowd included Elizabeth Weingarten, Anne Chao, Beverly and Howard Robinson, David Haug, Page Kempner, Anne Tucker, Adam Newar, Eddie Allen, Ruth and Tom Dreesen, Carol Neuberger, Lois Stark, Leslie and Russ Robinson and Anne Graubart.

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