Lone Star Craft Fest

Craft center supporters kick up their heels at western fete spotlighting Texas culture

Craft center parties Lone Star style with spotlight on Texas culture

Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Robin Schaberg, Sara Morgan, Perry Price
Robin Schaberg, Sara Morgan, Perry Price. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri
Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Michelle Hevrdejs, Frank Hevrdejs
Michelle Hevrdejs, Frank Hevrdejs. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Edward Lane McCartney, Susan Budge, David Gooding
Edward Lane McCartney, Susan Budge, David Gooding. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Carla Cotropia, Tom Edens
Carla Cotropia, Tom Edens. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, preparing bronze pour
A local artist prepares a bronze pour. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Nyala Wright Nolen, Mary Headrick, Barbara Marcus
Nyala Wright Nolen, Mary Headrick, Barbara Marcus. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Graciela Rodriguez Socorro, Graciela Socorro
Graciela Rodriguez Socorro, Graciela Socorro. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Eddie Gutierrez, Shelby Rist Gutierrez
Eddie Gutierrez, Shelby Rist Gutierrez. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Michael McFadden, Jenny Lynn Weitz, Paul Middendorf, Sophie Farzam, Bret Shirley
 Michael McFadden, Jenny Lynn Weitz, Paul Middendorf, Sophie Farzam, Bret Shirley. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Sandie Zilker, Olga Tarasova
Sandie Zilker, Olga Tarasova. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16,Mary Beth Woiccak, Susannah Mira
Mary Beth Woiccak, Susannah Mira. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Robin Schaberg, Sara Morgan, Perry Price
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Michelle Hevrdejs, Frank Hevrdejs
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Edward Lane McCartney, Susan Budge, David Gooding
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Carla Cotropia, Tom Edens
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, preparing bronze pour
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Nyala Wright Nolen, Mary Headrick, Barbara Marcus
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Graciela Rodriguez Socorro, Graciela Socorro
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Eddie Gutierrez, Shelby Rist Gutierrez
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Michael McFadden, Jenny Lynn Weitz, Paul Middendorf, Sophie Farzam, Bret Shirley
Craft Center Houston, 9/16, Sandie Zilker, Olga Tarasova
Craft Center Houston, 9/16,Mary Beth Woiccak, Susannah Mira

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.