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Houston society set paints a stylish picture at majestic Michelangelo exhibit

Houston society set paints a stylish picture at Michelangelo exhibit

Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Amanda Mack, Kristin Dean, Pauline Borally, and Audrey Buchanan
Amanda Mack, Kristin Dean, Pauline Borally, and Audrey Buchanan. Courtesy photo
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Heather Gunn, Kristin Abello, Erica Yeary
Heather Gunn, Kristin Abello, and Erica Yeary. Courtesy photo
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Dave Ward, Dr. Nansen G. Saleri
Dave Ward and Dr. Nansen G. Saler. Courtesy photo
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail
Joe Hafner, Frank Garvey, Sherri Zucker, and Merril Hafner. Courtesy photo
Paige Fertitta and Dr. Nansen G. Saleri
Paige Fertitta and Dr. Nansen G. Saleri. Courtesy photo
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Amanda Mack, Kristin Dean, Pauline Borally, and Audrey Buchanan
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Heather Gunn, Kristin Abello, Erica Yeary
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail Dave Ward, Dr. Nansen G. Saleri
Michelangelo Sistine cocktail
Paige Fertitta and Dr. Nansen G. Saleri

Local art lovers recently gathered at Houston’s iconic Corinthian Hotel to admire the timeless art collection of Kristin Saleri, as well as the temporary exhibit on display — “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.”

The cocktail reception, appropriately called “An Evening of Celestial Majesty” hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Nansen G. Saleri, displayed original pieces by Kristin Saleri (1915-2006) that have been described as “an inexplicably harmonious fusion of Eastern mysticism and Western impressionism.”

Saleri was highly lauded and awarded over the span of her prolific career and her art has been acquired by many museums including Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, Ankara State Museum, Paris Centre Pompidou: Musée National d'Art Moderne, and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon. 

Guests eagerly took in “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” is in its final week before departing to its next stop in Hangzhou, China. Partygoers stayed long past closing time to peruse the art and take in the rarity of seeing both of these amazing exhibits under one roof. (Read more about the stunning “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” in our preview.)

Elegant crowd attendees included Kristin and Raul Abello, Sy and Selin Salerian, Pauline Saleri Borally, Dr. and Mrs. Nansen G. Saleri, Laura Ward, Dave Ward, Gina Gaston, Melanie Lawson, Tony Buzbee, Paige Fertitta, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Roseanne Rogers, Bob and Debbie Ogle, Tom and Carol SawyerSherri Zucker, and Rachelle Rowe.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel runs through September 3 at The Corinthian Houston. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students under 21.