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VIPs celebrate upcoming Houston Fine Art Fair at intimate cocktail party

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News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Bonna Kol, Jereann Chaney, Eddie Allen
Bonno Kol, from left, Jereann Chaney and Eddie Allen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Deborah Colton, Benji Homsey
Deborah Colton and Benji Homsey. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marcus Smith, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith, Jackson Smith
Marcus Smith, from left, Gerald and Anita Smith and Jackson Smith. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014 Matt Johnson, Oriana Velasco
Matt Johnson with Oriana Velasco. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Juliana Bruno, Michael Afshari
Juliana Bruno with Michael Afshari. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Carolyn Robertson, Jimmy Robertson
Carolyn and Jimmy Robertson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Deanna Blackburn, Judith Oudt
Deanna Blackburn, left, and Judith Oudt. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Maryam Afshari, Asha Quant
Maryam Afshari, left, and Asha Quant. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Lily Foster, Charles Foster
Lily and Charles Foster. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Tina Taghi, Amir Taghi, Fariba Taghi
Tina Taghi, from left, Amir Taghi and Fariba Taghi. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marcus Carter, Erin McClarty, Chris West Jr.
Marcus Carter, left, Erin McClarty and Chris West Jr. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
Marc and Duyen Nguyen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Kat Robinson, Michelle Ludwig
Kat Robinson, left, and Michelle Ludwig. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Gay Mayeux, Margaret Ceconi
Gay Mayeux, left, and Margaret Ceconi. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Ludmila Lumen, Parissa Mohajer, Pilar de la Garza
Ludmila Lumen, from left, Parissa Mohajer and Pilar de la Garza. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Bonna Kol, Jereann Chaney, Eddie Allen
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Deborah Colton, Benji Homsey
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marcus Smith, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith, Jackson Smith
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014 Matt Johnson, Oriana Velasco
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Juliana Bruno, Michael Afshari
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Carolyn Robertson, Jimmy Robertson
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Deanna Blackburn, Judith Oudt
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Maryam Afshari, Asha Quant
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Lily Foster, Charles Foster
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Tina Taghi, Amir Taghi, Fariba Taghi
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marcus Carter, Erin McClarty, Chris West Jr.
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Kat Robinson, Michelle Ludwig
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Gay Mayeux, Margaret Ceconi
News, Shelby, HFAF party, August 2014, Ludmila Lumen, Parissa Mohajer, Pilar de la Garza

With only weeks to go before the curtain rises on the Houston Fine Art Fair with the opening night preview on Sept. 18, organizers and supporters are ramping up the excitement. HFAF chair Deborah Colton stoked the party embers recently with an intimate cocktail reception for the fair's steering committee and preview party host committee.

The chichi gathering of collectors and supporters of the fair gathered in the sleek Ultimate Ransom Room of Hotel ZaZa, official host hotel for the fair. Z Resorts president Benji Homsey flew in from his base in Dallas to welcome the participants. 

Among the VIP guests (and they were all VIPs) was Asia Society Texas Center executive director Bonna Kol, thanking organizers for tapping the Asia Society as beneficiary of the opening night festivities.

In the mix were collectors Anita Webber Smith and Jereann Chaney, both of whom will join CultureMap in a panel discussion with women collectors on the afternoon of Sept. 19. Also on the panel will be Lucinda Loya and Judy Nyquist. (This writer will serve as moderator.)

Among those toasting the fair and sampling party fare from Monarch Restaurant chef Jeff Axline were Jennifer DolmanGerald Smith and sons Marcus and Jackson, Eddie Allen, Lily and Charles Foster, Beth Wolff, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Judith Oudt, Maryam Afshari, Pilar de la Garza and Gretchen Porter.

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