Who would have thought that when Perry Price moved to Houston from Minnesota last January to become director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft that he would so emphatically embrace Lone Star culture? Saturday night, he showed his Texas pride with a navy bandana in his suit pocket and in his personally-selected playlist of Texas-related country tunes for the "CraftTexas Round-up."
The western-themed bash was in celebration of the newly-opened CraftTexas 2016 exhibition featuring exceptional contemporary craft from across the state. And it served as an alternate to the now biennial "Martini Madness" party that serves as the non-profit's annual fundraiser.
The party crowd of 175 circled through the exhibition before moseying into the party tent out back where El Burro & the Bull chef/owner John Avila put on a Mexican/barbecue spread. Guests wined, dined and danced beneath the twinkle lights of the tent and observed as local craftsmen presented raku ceramic firings and bronze pours.
The evening honored Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs, who fully embraced the western theme in striking western wear adorned with oodles of silver and turquoise. In the best western-dressed category were Sandie Zilker in silver cowboy boots, silver-studded denim vest and glow-in-the-dark cowboy hat and Karina Barbieri, who along with husband Carlos Barbieri, took the western wear to fashion heights.
Joining the party were HCC board president Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding, Sara Morgan, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Phyllis Childress, Catherine Morgan, Rosemary Price, Nyala Wright Nolen and Brian Nolen, Veronica Avila, Victorian Lightman, and Judy Nyquist.