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Celebrating local artists, Houston Fine Art Fair patrons get a running start on September fest

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21 Rick Friedman, from left, Cindy Lou Wakefield and Steven Evans at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Rick Friedman, from left, Cindy Lou Wakefield and Steven Evans. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
20 Phillip and Teri Pugh at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Phillip and Teri Pugh. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
18 Nancy Allen, left, and Patricia Johnson at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Nancy Allen, left, and Patricia Johnson. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
17 Matt and Cindy Taylor at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Matt and Cindy Taylor. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
15 Lily and Hamid Kooros, from left, with Maryam Afshari at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Lily and Hamid Kooros, from left, with Maryam Afshari. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
13 Jereann Chaney and Eddie Allen at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Jereann Chaney and Eddie Allen. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
12 Jennifer and Steve Dolman at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Jennifer and Steve Dolman. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
9 Hadia Mawlawi, from left,  Hamza Sarafi and Wendy Watriss at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Hadia Mawlawi, from left, Hamza Sarafi and Wendy Watriss. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
8 Gerald and Anita Smith at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Gerald and Anita Smith. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
7 David LaDuca, from left, Julie Farr and Aaron Reimer at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
David LaDuca, from left, Julie Farr and Aaron Reimer. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
6 Catherine Callaway and Brian James at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Catherine Callaway and Brian James. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
5 Bonna Kol, from left, Deborah Colton and Minette Boesel at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Bonna Kol, from left, Deborah Colton and Minette Boesel. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
4 Mariana and Bob Debes at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Mariana and Bob Debes. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
3 Anthony Foster, from left, Lily Foster and Carolyn and James Robertson at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Anthony Foster, from left, Lily Foster and Carolyn and James Robertson. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
2 Anita Garten and Mickey Rosenau at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
Anita Garten and Mickey Rosenau. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
21 Rick Friedman, from left, Cindy Lou Wakefield and Steven Evans at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
20 Phillip and Teri Pugh at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
18 Nancy Allen, left, and Patricia Johnson at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
17 Matt and Cindy Taylor at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
15 Lily and Hamid Kooros, from left, with Maryam Afshari at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
13 Jereann Chaney and Eddie Allen at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
12 Jennifer and Steve Dolman at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
9 Hadia Mawlawi, from left,  Hamza Sarafi and Wendy Watriss at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
8 Gerald and Anita Smith at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
7 David LaDuca, from left, Julie Farr and Aaron Reimer at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
6 Catherine Callaway and Brian James at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
5 Bonna Kol, from left, Deborah Colton and Minette Boesel at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
4 Mariana and Bob Debes at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
3 Anthony Foster, from left, Lily Foster and Carolyn and James Robertson at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014
2 Anita Garten and Mickey Rosenau at the HFAF Launch at the Asia Society June 2014

If the turnout for the Houston Fine Art Fair launch party is any indication, the Sept. 18-21 extravaganza at NRG Center should be a roaring success. Close to 300 art enthusiasts gathered at Asia Society Texas Center for the cocktail reception that featured formal announcement of the HFAF Hall of Fame honorees.

It was a meaningful locale for the kickoff as the Asia Society will be the beneficiary of the Sept. 18 opening night preview party, which has proven in the initial three years to be a stylish affair bubbling over with artists, gallerists, collectors and social mavens.

Welcoming the enthusiastic group were Asia Society executive director Bonna Kol and arts patron and gallerist Deborah M. Colton, who heads the HFAF steering committee. In from the Hamptons for the launch was HFAF founder and producer Rick Friedman with Cindy Lou Wakefield

Special guest was author and retired Houston Chronicle arts editor Patricia Covo Johnson, who selected the 17 artists to be included in the Hall of Fame.

HFAF supporters on hand included Nancy Allen, Anita and Gerald Smith, Fran Fawcett Peterson, Anita Garten, Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin, Jereann Cheney, Eddie Allen, Lily Foster, Anthony Foster and Carolyn and Jimmy Robertson.

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