Shelby's Social Diary

MFAH heavy hitters enjoy a luxury evening — and get a sneak peek at innovative new exhibit

MFAH heavy hitters enjoy a luxury evening — and get an art sneak peek

13 Bill and Sara Morgan, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Bill and Sara Morgan, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
1 Rich and Nancy Kinder at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Rich and Nancy Kinder at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
11 David and Windi Grimes at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
David and Windi Grimes at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
12 Cheri and Andy Fossler at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Cheri and Andy Fossler at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
8 Harry and Macey Reasoner at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Harry and Macey Reasoner at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
14 Ann Trammell, left, with John and Diane Riley at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Ann Trammell, left, with John and Diane Riley at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
2 Paul and Karol Barnhart at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Paul and Karol Barnhart at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
5 Liz and Tom Glanville at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Liz and Tom Glanville at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
6 Laurie and Reed Morian at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Laurie and Reed Morian at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
9 Demi and Ron Rand at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Demi and Ron Rand at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
7 Kaylin Weber, from left, Emily Neff, Deborah Dunkum, Chris Weber and Leo Costello at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
Kaylin Weber, from left, Emily Neff, Deborah Dunkum, Chris Weber and Leo Costello at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries. Photo by © Jenny Antill
13 Bill and Sara Morgan, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
1 Rich and Nancy Kinder at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
11 David and Windi Grimes at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
12 Cheri and Andy Fossler at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
8 Harry and Macey Reasoner at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
14 Ann Trammell, left, with John and Diane Riley at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
2 Paul and Karol Barnhart at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
5 Liz and Tom Glanville at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
6 Laurie and Reed Morian at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
9 Demi and Ron Rand at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013
7 Kaylin Weber, from left, Emily Neff, Deborah Dunkum, Chris Weber and Leo Costello at the MFAH opening reception for American Adversaries October 2013

History buffs and fine art patrons found common ground at the VIP preview of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World. The coterie of 80 museum trustees, lenders and guests perused the exhibition of 18th century works by Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, colonial American innovators who gave initiated the genre of contemporary history painting.

While the exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, this special evening enjoyed all the elements of sophisticated launch. The Apollo Chamber Players provided music. In Bloom delivered the colorful florals and City Kitchen presented a sophisticated seasonal dinner menu.

After the cocktail reception for viewing the paintings in the Brown Foundation Galleries, guests moved to the McNair Gallery for dinner. The welcome by museum board chairman Rich Kinder was followed by remarks by museum director Gary Tinterow and curator of American Painting and Sculpture Emily Ballew Neff

Among museum supporters were Sara and Bill Morgan, Nancy Kinder, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Ann and John Bookout, Windi and David Grimes, Carla Knobloch, Cornelia and Meredith Long and Ann Trammell.