Art Heist Party

Modern day pirates pull off a bold art raid in Houston — and everyone's happy

Modern day pirates pull off an art raid in Houton and it's happy times

Allie Danziger, from left, Jenny Selber, Laura Littlejohn and Kaitlyn Dubose at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Allie Danziger, from left, Jenny Selber, Laura Littlejohn and Kaitlyn Dubose at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Laura Veale and Cortney Hancock at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Laura Veale, left, and Cortney Hancock at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
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Clare Leppert, from left, Carol Buckley, Kathleen Sanchez, Stev Levy, Robyn Vermeil and Heidi Armstrong at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo courtesy of Jinx Vexx
Adriana Farias and Joe McKinney at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Adriana Farias and Joe McKinney at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Chris Breining, from left, Heidi Armstrong and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Chris Breining, from left, Heidi Armstrong and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Susan Fowler and John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Susan Fowler and John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Julie and Byron Pettit at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Julie and Byron Pettit at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Dana and Chris Breining, from left, Freddy Lopez, Kelly Reynolds and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Dana and Chris Breining, from left, Freddy Lopez, Kelly Reynolds and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Melange Catering at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Melange Catering at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist. Photo by Trish Badger
Allie Danziger, from left, Jenny Selber, Laura Littlejohn and Kaitlyn Dubose at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Laura Veale and Cortney Hancock at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Texas Veggie Fair
Adriana Farias and Joe McKinney at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Chris Breining, from left, Heidi Armstrong and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Susan Fowler and John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
John de la Cruz at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Julie and Byron Pettit at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Dana and Chris Breining, from left, Freddy Lopez, Kelly Reynolds and John Lopez at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist
Melange Catering at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's Art Heist

No amount of precipitation could rain on the pirate parade that was Bayou City Art Festival Downtown's art grabbing frenzy.

When more than 350 buccaneers blitzed Hermann Square Park for "Art Heist: Treasures of the New World" Saturday, they stole Mother Nature's thunder to clear the skies for a happy raid in benefit of the festival's Art Relief Fund and its 14 partnering agencies.

Party captains Julie Pettit and Susan Fowler stayed the course and followed the format of previous heists. According to ticket level, corsairs would have seconds to pillage a collection of pieces donated by this year's participating artists and get out of the way for the next wave of attacks. KHOU Ch. 11 anchor Len Cannon, as emcee, kept the throng of bandits well behaved as they pored over the trove of riches.

When all the loot had been spoken for — and more cash had been accrued through the silent auction and raffle — executive director Kelly Kindred could smile knowing that more than $50,000 had been raised for the Art Colony Association, the nonprofit that oversees the Bayou City Art Festival.

Adding to the Caribbean ambiance were high-energy tunes courtesy of DJ Sun and a feast prepared by Melange Catering.

In the crowd were Laura Veale, Cortney Hancock, Clare Leppert, Carol Buckley, Kathleen Sanchez, Robyn Vermeil, Heidi Armstrong, John Lopez, John de la Cruz, Dana and Chris Breining, Freddy Lopez and Kelly Reynolds.