Orange Show Gala

Orange Show celebrates 35th anniversary with outlandishly fun Masquerade gala

Orange Show celebrates 35 years with a Masquerade gala to remember

Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Paul Easterwood, Pamela George, Will Robinson, Julia Robinson
Paul Easterwood, Pamela George, Will Robinson, Julia Robinson. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Dr. Penelope Marks, Lester Marks at Orange Show Gala
Dr. Penelope Marks, Lester Marks. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Wayne Toups at Orange Show Gala
Wayne Toups. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Patrick Jez, Curry Glassell, Christopher Mendel
Patrick Jez, Curry Glassell, Christopher Mendel. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Michael Pilie, JMichael Soliz at Orange Show Gala
Michael Pilie, JMichael Soliz. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Michael Holland, Christine Holland, Sue Payne, Steve Wagner at Orange Show Gala
Michael Holland, Christine Holland, Sue Payne, Steve Wagner. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Luke Garner, Claire Cusack, John Kerr Smither, Anne Hyde
Luke Garner, Claire Cusack, John Kerr Smither, Anne Hyde. Photo by Morris Malakoff
The Ballroom at the Orange Show Gala
The Orange Show Gala ballroom. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Nicolas Duran, Mariana Debes, Patricio Sayrols
Nicolas Duran, Mariana Debes, Patricio Sayrols. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, David Gorfil, Karen Gorfil, Valerie Rosmarin, Lance Rosmarin
David Gorfil, Karen Gorfil, Valerie Rosmarin, Lance Rosmarin. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Mark Nguyen, Mark Sullivan at Orange Show Gala
Mark Nguyen, Mark Sullivan. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Jo Reid, Ashley Langley, Marilyn Oshman at Orange Show Gala
Jo Reid, Ashley Langley, Marilyn Oshman. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Paul Easterwood, Pamela George, Will Robinson, Julia Robinson
Dr. Penelope Marks, Lester Marks at Orange Show Gala
Wayne Toups at Orange Show Gala
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Patrick Jez, Curry Glassell, Christopher Mendel
Michael Pilie, JMichael Soliz at Orange Show Gala
Michael Holland, Christine Holland, Sue Payne, Steve Wagner at Orange Show Gala
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Luke Garner, Claire Cusack, John Kerr Smither, Anne Hyde
The Ballroom at the Orange Show Gala
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, Nicolas Duran, Mariana Debes, Patricio Sayrols
Houston, Orange Show gala, Oct 2016, David Gorfil, Karen Gorfil, Valerie Rosmarin, Lance Rosmarin
Mark Nguyen, Mark Sullivan at Orange Show Gala
Jo Reid, Ashley Langley, Marilyn Oshman at Orange Show Gala

Halloween weekend, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art threw a different kind of costume party at Crowne Plaza NRG. Celebrating the non-profit’s 35th anniversary, chairs Dr. Penelope and Lester Marks hosted 500 guests, decked out to fit this year’s gala theme, "Masquerade," at the outlandishly fun event. 

You know it isn't your typical black tie soiree when you enter through a forest of neon trees and make your way through a swamp shack (filled of mementos from the Orange Show's long history) and large refrigerator doors to the ballroom.

Grammy award-winning accordionist Wayne Toups and his Zydeco band provided the entertainment and proceeds from a silent auction, featuring pieces by talented artists including James Surls, Sharon Kopriva, and Kelly Moran, and a week-long stay at a hacienda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, added to fundraising efforts.

The annual Orange Show benefit brings together a who's who of art and culture. This year, the gala raised nearly $500,000 for the organization, which preserves, promotes and documents visionary art environments and provides opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision.

Revelers included Orange Show founder Marilyn Oshman, artists Jermine Rogers and Michael Ray Charles, Don Mafrige, Jr., Suzy Simons, Rosie Meyers and Tony Gonzalez, Curry Glassell, Bruce Eames and Sunday Riley, Lynn Goode, Toby Kamps, Tracy and Glen Larner, Kendall and Edward Ondarza, Lane and Bob Schultz, Stuart Rosenberg, Gardner Landry, Marcus Sloan and Shannon Hall, Beth and Chip Lord, Doreen and Frank Herzog, Alvia Wardlaw, and 2016 auction chairs Helaine Lubetkin and Beverly Berry.