No Party Like An Art Party

The Big Party: Lawndale's giant art show brings out a VIP partying crowd

The Big Party: Lawndale's giant art show brings out a VIP party crowd

Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Andy Dearwater, Camille Warmington and Will Isbell
Andy Dearwater, from left, Camille Warmington and Will Isbell at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
5 Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kathleen O'Reilly and Minnette Boesel
Kathleen O'Reilly, left and Minnette Boesel at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Tim Kollatschny, Rod Frazier and Aaron Laine
Tim Kollatschny, from left, Rod Frazier and Aaron Laine at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Whitney Radley and Bradley Kerl
Whitney Radley and Bradley Kerl at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kia Neill and Victoria Lightman
Kia Neill, left, and Victoria Lightman at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Victoria Ludwin and John Wilson
Victoria Ludwin and John Wilson at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Michel Muylle and Theresa Escobedo
Michel Muylle and Theresa Escobedo at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Rob Greenstein, Raina Chamberlain and Mari Omori
Rob Greenstein, from left, Raina Chamberlain and Mari Omori at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Paul Falgout and Auril Falgout
Paul and Auril Falgout at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Lynette Henry, Bob Lordi and Julie Farr
Lynette Henry, from left, Bob Lordi and Julie Farr at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Logan Boughal and Caitlin Fredette
Logan Boughal and Caitlin Fredette at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kearby Roberts, Mary Morrison and Myrle Curry
Kearby Roberts, from left, Mary Morrison and Myrle Curry at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis
Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 John Forse and Melinda Laszczynski
John Forse and Melinda Laszczynski at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Dalyce Brooks, Adrian Landonbrooks and Bret Shirley
Dalyce Brooks, from left, Adrian Landonbrooks and Bret Shirley at Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
10 1 Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 crowd venue
Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show VIP reception. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Andy Dearwater, Camille Warmington and Will Isbell
5 Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kathleen O'Reilly and Minnette Boesel
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Tim Kollatschny, Rod Frazier and Aaron Laine
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Whitney Radley and Bradley Kerl
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kia Neill and Victoria Lightman
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Victoria Ludwin and John Wilson
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Michel Muylle and Theresa Escobedo
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Rob Greenstein, Raina Chamberlain and Mari Omori
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Paul Falgout and Auril Falgout
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Lynette Henry, Bob Lordi and Julie Farr
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Logan Boughal and Caitlin Fredette
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Kearby Roberts, Mary Morrison and Myrle Curry
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 John Forse and Melinda Laszczynski
Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 Dalyce Brooks, Adrian Landonbrooks and Bret Shirley
10 1 Lawndale Art Center The Big Show VIP reception July 2013 crowd venue

Making sense out of well-nigh a thousand art pieces is a task for the brave and strong, intellectually speaking. It's for that reason that the bigwigs at Lawndale Art Center are methodical in selecting one guest to curate what grew from the "East End Show," once hosted by the East End Progress Association, into "The Big Show."

Although juror Duncan MacKenzie, co-founder of the contemporary art blog Bad at Sports, had already returned home to Chicago when Thursday's invitation-only reception at Lawndale arrived, his thought process was clearly embossed in the spacious arrangement of his chosen 83 works by 67 artists. The contemporary art museum's VIP guests moseyed from wall to wall to add their own two cents while enjoying a tête-à-tête with the artists.

Perking up the mood were lounge-esque tunes spun by DJ Night Drive alongside a selection of Saint Arnold Brewing Company suds, an interactive make-your-own Italian 75 potation with Bombay Sapphire and Zonin Prosecco served with cutesy curly straws, and light appetizers courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

While the private soiree welcomed field luminaries that included the mayor's assistant for cultural affairs Minnette Boesel and hubby Peter, Victoria as well as Marshal Lightman and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft executive director Julie Farr, Lawndale's official big opening is set for 7 p.m. Friday during which MacKenzie's top picks will be announced, an honor that carries cash prizes.

Mixing and mingling with executive director Christine West and exhibitions and programming director Dennis Nance were Claudia Solis, Jonathan Beitler, Matthew Wettergreen, Michel Muylle, Theresa Escobedo, Whitney Radley and Bradley Kerl, Lynette Henry, Bob Lordi, Aaron Laine, Rod Frazier, Victoria Ludwin and John Wilson.

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