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Art party! Movers, shakers and scenesters flood George R. Brown for art fair opener

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18 crowd, venue at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
The crowd at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Sandi Ramirez, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Sandi Ramirez, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Deborah Colton, from left, Mariana Debes, Carolyn Farb and Johanna Donson at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Deborah Colton, from left, Mariana Debes, Carolyn Farb and Johanna Donson at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Mary Kay Hunt, left, and Daryl Hoover at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Mary Kay Hunt, left, and Daryl Hoover at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Charlie Ahn, left, and Colin Vanwinkle at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Charlie Ahn, left, and Colin Vanwinkle at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Fariba Abedin, left, and Janet Roe at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Fariba Abedin, left, and Janet Roe at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Libbie Masterton, from left, Nene Humphrey and Rene Barilleaux at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Libbie Masterton, from left, Nene Humphrey and Rene Barilleaux at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Julie Cushman, from left, Christy Cushman, Susie Criner and Lou Cushman at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Julie Cushman, from left, Christy Cushman, Susie Criner and Lou Cushman at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Matt Johns, from left, Alecia Harris, Michael Mandola and Alex Rosa at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Matt Johns, from left, Alecia Harris, Michael Mandola and Alex Rosa at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Jonathan Glus, left, and Alton LaDay at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Jonathan Glus, left, and Alton LaDay at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Stan Shellabarger, left, and Dutes Miller at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Stan Shellabarger, left, and Dutes Miller at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Natalia Ferreyra, from left, Caroline Stearns and Sebastien Campos at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Natalia Ferreyra, from left, Caroline Stearns and Sebastien Campos at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Lea Weingarten, left, with David and Estela Cockrell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Lea Weingarten, left, with David and Estela Cockrell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Max Fishko and Barbara Davis at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
Max Fishko and Barbara Davis at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, with James Bell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, with James Bell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 David Shelton, left, and Shane Tolbert at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
David Shelton, left, and Shane Tolbert at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
0 David and Heidi Gerger at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
David and Heidi Gerger at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
18 crowd, venue at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
17 Sandi Ramirez, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
16 Deborah Colton, from left, Mariana Debes, Carolyn Farb and Johanna Donson at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
15 Mary Kay Hunt, left, and Daryl Hoover at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
13 Charlie Ahn, left, and Colin Vanwinkle at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
12 Fariba Abedin, left, and Janet Roe at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
10 Libbie Masterton, from left, Nene Humphrey and Rene Barilleaux at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
9 Julie Cushman, from left, Christy Cushman, Susie Criner and Lou Cushman at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
8 Matt Johns, from left, Alecia Harris, Michael Mandola and Alex Rosa at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
7 Jonathan Glus, left, and Alton LaDay at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
6 Stan Shellabarger, left, and Dutes Miller at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
5 Natalia Ferreyra, from left, Caroline Stearns and Sebastien Campos at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
4 Lea Weingarten, left, with David and Estela Cockrell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
3 Max Fishko and Barbara Davis at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
2 J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, with James Bell at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
1 David Shelton, left, and Shane Tolbert at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013
0 David and Heidi Gerger at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair VIP opening party October 2013

Hordes of revelers stormed the George R. Brown Thursday night for one of the biggest art parties Houston has seen this fall — opening night at the third annual Texas Contemporary Art Fair.

The evening began with a 90-minute preview session designed for the most serious of collectors, all hoping to get first dibs on upwards of 70 galleries showcasing emerging and established contemporary artists from around the globe.

Proceeds from the early-bird event went to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to help the popular instruction maintain its free admission and community outreach efforts. The guaranteed minimum $25,000 donation sure put CAMH director Bill Arning and partner Mark McCray in good moods as they made their way through the crowds.

Fair organizers Max Fishko and Jeffery Wainhause spent the grand opening party tying up any loose ends as local gallerists like Barbara Davis, David HardakerFredericka Hunter, Arturo PalaciosDavid Shelton and Anya Tish opened their booths for a busy three-and-a-half day run.

Spotted among the throngs of scenesters were MFAH director Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner, Susie CrinerJudy Nyquist, Houston Arts Alliance president Jonathan Glus and Alton LaDay, the Blaffer Art Museum's Matt Johns and Claudia SchmuckliLea Weingarten, Jessica Phifer of Christie's, Galveston Art Center director Clint Willour, Houston artists Shane Tolbert and Debra Barrera, and MaRS architects Kelie Mayfield and Erick Ragni.

The 2013 Texas Contemporary Art Fair runs daily through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Visit the fair's website for more details.

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