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Fire water and art: High-priced tequila fuels a Marfa party in Houston

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Conrad Camp and Katherine Barthelme  at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Conrad Camp and Katherine Barthelme. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Jeff Fort and Virginia Lebermann at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Ballroom Marfa party host Jeff Fort and Virginia Lebermann. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
News, Shelby, Ballroom Marfa, july 2014
As many as 100 Ballroom Marfa supporters turned out for the summer cocktail party. Courtesy of Ballroom Marfa
Casa Dragones Joven Sipping Tequila at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Casa Dragones Joven Sipping Tequila was the designated libation of the night. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Dale and Lacey Dorn, from left, Leslie Searle and Rick Terry at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Dale and Lacey Dorn, from left, Leslie Searle and Rick Terry. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Lisa and John Dorn at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Lisa and John Dorn. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Linda Wilson, left, and Clamencia Larimore at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Linda Wilson, left, and Clamencia Larimore. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Jeff Beauchamp at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Jeff Beauchamp. Photo courtesy of © Todd Spoth Photography
Conrad Camp and Katherine Barthelme  at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Jeff Fort and Virginia Lebermann at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
News, Shelby, Ballroom Marfa, july 2014
Casa Dragones Joven Sipping Tequila at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Dale and Lacey Dorn, from left, Leslie Searle and Rick Terry at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Lisa and John Dorn at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Linda Wilson, left, and Clamencia Larimore at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014
Jeff Beauchamp at Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party July 2014

What: Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party.

Where: The Houston home of Jeff Fort, who divides his time between the big city and his ranch near Marfa.

The 411: Some 100 Ballroom Marfa donors, board members, art dealers and artists joined the party celebrating the non-profit's 11 years as a contemporary cultural arts space in far West Texas. Barclays co-hosted the event with Fort, a Ballroom Marfa board member. While the conversation centered on the ballroom's decade of creating events and art happenings, the talk was fueled by Casa Dragones Joven sipping tequila, the sole spirit served at the party.

Casa Dragones founder Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, and his wife, Veronique, are big Ballroom Marfa supporters and though not in attendance, they insured that there was plenty of fire water on hand.

Who: Ballroom Marfa founders Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Leberman, plus Seth Mittag, Sandy Parkerson, Clemencia Larimore, Steve Houston, Don Childress, Katherine Barthleme and Lisa and John Dorn.

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