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Young Professionals get the keys to the kingdom — and a jump start on high-profile Texas art fair

Young Professionals get the keys to the kingdom and a art jump start

Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Adrienne Johnson Yost, Michael Mandola and Liz Anders
Adrienne Johnson Yost, from left, Michael Mandola and Liz Anders at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Sadie Park and Johanna Guillen
Sadie Park, left, and Johanna Guillen at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Paul Ellebrecht, Nina Delano, Ava Griffith, Martin Schwed and Megan Williams
Paul Ellebrecht, from left, Nina Delano, Ava Griffith, Martin Schwed and Megan Williams at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lydia Hance and Mark Hirsch
Lydia Hance and Mark Hirsch at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Margaret Sche and Saba Jawda
Margaret Sche, left, and Saba Jawda at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Maggie McCartney
Maggie McCartney at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lindsey Ferrell and Paige McDonough
Lindsey Ferrell, left, and Paige McDonough at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Dillon Sorensen and Whitney Radley
Dillon Sorensen and Whitney Radley at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Deon Robinson and Courtney Jones
Deon Robinson and Courtney Jones at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Barbara Davis and Claudia Solis
Barbara Davis, left, and Claudia Solis at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 David Shelton
David Shelton at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Cathy Halka, Charles Halka and Benjamin Krause
Cathy Halka, from left, Charles Halka and Benjamin Krause at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lauren Humphrey and Ashley Humphrey
Lauren Humphrey, left, and Ashley Humphrey at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Sarah Cain
Sarah Cain at the Access Contemporary party. Courtesy photo
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Adrienne Johnson Yost, Michael Mandola and Liz Anders
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Sadie Park and Johanna Guillen
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Paul Ellebrecht, Nina Delano, Ava Griffith, Martin Schwed and Megan Williams
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lydia Hance and Mark Hirsch
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Margaret Sche and Saba Jawda
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Maggie McCartney
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lindsey Ferrell and Paige McDonough
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Dillon Sorensen and Whitney Radley
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Deon Robinson and Courtney Jones
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Barbara Davis and Claudia Solis
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 David Shelton
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Cathy Halka, Charles Halka and Benjamin Krause
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Lauren Humphrey and Ashley Humphrey
Access Contemporary Houston August 2013 Sarah Cain

Keys to next October's Texas Contemporary Art Fair were temptingly dangled before young professionals with a flare for art when Access Contemporary officially launched on Wednesday with a special evening at DiverseWorks.

Just the ticket for budding collectors, membership in the nascent ensemble will entitle participants to behind-the-scenes opportunities during the art fair ranging from tours of private collections and studio open houses to gallery visits and an after-hours cocktail party at the fair itself.

Close to 150 art-enamored YPs joined a sprinkling of gallerists and art lovers for the evening that began with a multimedia performance piece showcasing choreography by Lydia Hance, interactive dance by Courtney D. Jones and original music by Mark Hirsch

While discussing the mid-October art extravaganza, guests schmoozed over watermelon and cucumber cocktails, brewskies from St. Arnold Brewing Company and bites from Damian's and Eleven XI. While DJ E-Rush provided a dubstep backbeat, the art flock perused DiverseWorks’ new show L'esprit de l'escalier.

Access Contemporary host committee members Kerry Inman, Adrienne Johnson Yost, Michael Mandola and Liz Anders welcomed the art-minded crew that included Claudia Solis, Alexa Rosa, Gin Braverman, Matt Johns, Meredith Riddle, Adam Brackman, Saba Jawda, Kyler Fields, Whitney Radley, David Shelton and Barbara Davis.

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