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D.C. Politics Hit Houston

D.C. politics hit Houston, a new art gallery opens and a hot book picks up major honors

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Mayor Annise Parker, Alex Martinez, Tammy Baldwin, David Arpin
Mayor Annise Parker, from left, Alex Martinez, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and David Arpin at the Victory Fund event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
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Gary Tinterow will be guest speaker and the Community Artists' Collective luncheon.  Gary Tinterow Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Artist Taft McWhorter, left, and collector Steven Skiff at the Esperson Gallery opening. Photo by Morris Malakoff

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin made a splash in H-Town when she took a brief break from duties in D.C. to headline a Victory Fund event for Mayor Annise Parker, returning the fundraising favor that Parker had done for Baldwin during her Senate campaign.

David Arpin and Alex Martinez hosted the gathering for some 100 supporters in their Montrose area home where the guests included Carter Bradshaw's Tripp Carter, Turman Edminister, District Judge Steven Kirkland, Rita Lucia and Texas Victory Fund board member Robin Brown. The Victory Fund aids openly gay and lesbian candidates in attaining public office.

Prior to that event, Baldwin was guest of honor at a reception at the home of Carrin Patman, where she spoke on the value of Emily's List and how that organization, dedicated to helping women achieve public office, had helped her tremendously in her Senate race.

Artful happening

Expect a major turnout at the Junior League of Houston when native Houstonian and internationally-acclaimed artist Angelbert Metoyer wings in from Amsterdam to serve as honorary chair of the Community Artists' Collective luncheon on Sept. 12.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow will be featured speaker at the event that is expected to attract Metoyer collectors such as luncheon table sponsors Tatiana and Craig Massey and artists Kermit Oliver, Robert Pruitt, Leamon Green, Ann "Sole Sister" Johnson and Gregory Michael Carter. The luncheon is chaired by Geri Hooks, owner/director of Hooks-Epstein Galleries.

Gallery partying

The Esperson Gallery in downtown's historic Mellie Esperson Building got off to a promising start recently with an opening show that features the works of artists Taft McWhorter and Zachary Hunt and photographer Morris Malakoff.

The 4,200 square foot space was configured for art exhibitions as well as happenings in the open plan gallery space.

Among those getting the first look at the gallery and the artists' works included Beth Wolff, Elizabeth Wilson, Erinn and John McMahon, Renee Bornn, Michel Muylle, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Jared LeBlanc, Cathy and Dougal Cameron and Jason Fuller.

Book honors for Berg

Attorney/author David Berg is all smiles with news that his book Run Brother Run: A Memoir Of A Murder In My Family has won The Guardian US Readers Choice honors for Best Summer Read and prior to that was named by The Guardian as Best Memoir.

Sight 'ems

Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Martha Ann and Byron Snyder, Karen and Mike Mayell and Maryann and Jodie Hoffer soaking up the good life at various tables in Tony's . . .

Patrice Ferguson and John Camp, Katie and Pat Oxford, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Fayez Sarofim, Susan Krohn and Carol and Dr. Gary Gartsman among the Saturday night crowd at Da Marco.

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