Giant Penis Party?

Is that a giant penis? Wild art party gives the middle finger to traditional stuffy galas

Is that a giant penis? Wild party gives middle finger to stuffy galas

46 The crowd dancing at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
The crowd dancing. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
36 Jeff and Ali Kalina at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Jeff and Ali Kalina. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
35 Curry Glassell, from left, McKay Otto, Keith Coffee and Claire Cusack at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Curry Glassell, from left, McKay Otto, Keith Coffee and Claire Cusack. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
33 Vivian Wise, from left, J. Michael Soliz and Michael Pilié at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Vivian Wise, from left, J. Michael Soliz and Michael Pilié. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
26 Jerry Paine, from left, Louis and Gail Adler and Marilyn Oshman at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Jerry Paine, from left, Louis and Gail Adler and Marilyn Oshman. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
25 Peter and Cali Pettigrew at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Peter and Cali Pettigrew. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
22 Jesse Lott, from left, Erika P. Johnson, Jim Hatchett and Paul Kittelson at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Jesse Lott, from left, Erika P. Johnson, Jim Hatchett and Paul Kittelson. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
20 Jackie Ford, from left, Laura Peters and Pat and Whit Adams at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Jackie Ford, from left, Laura Peters and Pat and Whit Adams. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
18 Patrick Renner, from left, Carlos Hernandez and Dennis McNett at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Patrick Renner, from left, Carlos Hernandez and Dennis McNett. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
16 Paige Simpson, from left, Laurie McRay, Barbara Davis, Sunday Riley and Sierra Slaughter at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Paige Simpson, from left, Laurie McRay, Barbara Davis, Sunday Riley and Sierra Slaughter. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
15 Fady Armanious and Vivian Wise at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Fady Armanious and Vivian Wise. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
14 Christopher Mendel, from left, Don Mafrige Jr., David Haynes and William Westhoff at the Orange Show Gala November 2014.
Christopher Mendel, from left, Don Mafrige Jr., David Haynes and William Westhoff. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
13 Amber Anderson, from left, Steven Weizel, Sydney Miller and Michael Vanderhider at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Amber Anderson, from left, Steven Weizel, Sydney Miller and Michael Vanderhider. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
12 Marcy De Luna, from left, Rob Rutherford and Suzy Simons at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Marcy De Luna, from left, Rob Rutherford and Suzy Simons. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
10 Marty and Karen Skolnik, from left, with Marshall Hoffman at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Marty and Karen Skolnik, from left, with Marshall Hoffman. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
9 Kathryn and Michael Moore at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Kathryn and Michael Moore. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
8 Erika Mathre, from left, Paul Hensley, Carol Howenstine and Steven Wagner at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Erika Mathre, from left, Paul Hensley, Carol Howenstine and Steven Wagner. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
7 Guy Hagstette, from left, Sis Johnson and Doug Lawing at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
 Guy Hagstette, from left, Sis Johnson and Doug Lawing. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
6 Todd and Heather Sutherland, from left, and Joelle and Alan Vermeulen at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Todd and Heather Sutherland, from left, and Joelle and Alan Vermeulen. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
3 Lynne Mathre and Stewart O’Dell at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
Lynne Mathre and Stewart O’Dell. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
2 William Budge, from left,  Susan Budge, Jesus Moroles and Dan Allison at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
William Budge, from left, Susan Budge, Jesus Moroles and Dan Allison. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
46 The crowd dancing at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
36 Jeff and Ali Kalina at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
35 Curry Glassell, from left, McKay Otto, Keith Coffee and Claire Cusack at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
33 Vivian Wise, from left, J. Michael Soliz and Michael Pilié at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
26 Jerry Paine, from left, Louis and Gail Adler and Marilyn Oshman at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
25 Peter and Cali Pettigrew at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
22 Jesse Lott, from left, Erika P. Johnson, Jim Hatchett and Paul Kittelson at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
20 Jackie Ford, from left, Laura Peters and Pat and Whit Adams at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
18 Patrick Renner, from left, Carlos Hernandez and Dennis McNett at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
16 Paige Simpson, from left, Laurie McRay, Barbara Davis, Sunday Riley and Sierra Slaughter at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
15 Fady Armanious and Vivian Wise at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
14 Christopher Mendel, from left, Don Mafrige Jr., David Haynes and William Westhoff at the Orange Show Gala November 2014.
13 Amber Anderson, from left, Steven Weizel, Sydney Miller and Michael Vanderhider at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
12 Marcy De Luna, from left, Rob Rutherford and Suzy Simons at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
10 Marty and Karen Skolnik, from left, with Marshall Hoffman at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
9 Kathryn and Michael Moore at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
8 Erika Mathre, from left, Paul Hensley, Carol Howenstine and Steven Wagner at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
7 Guy Hagstette, from left, Sis Johnson and Doug Lawing at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
6 Todd and Heather Sutherland, from left, and Joelle and Alan Vermeulen at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
3 Lynne Mathre and Stewart O’Dell at the Orange Show Gala November 2014
2 William Budge, from left,  Susan Budge, Jesus Moroles and Dan Allison at the Orange Show Gala November 2014

Let's just say that the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art gives a playful middle finger to the traditional stuffy black-tie gala, evident from Jeff Kalina's outfit — which from afar may or may not have resembled a giant upright penis on his head.

Then there were Christopher Mendel, Don Mafrige Jr., David Haynes and William Westhoff as a hunky quartet of "hand-z men," Cali and Peter Pettigrew donning giant playing cards for their "winning hand" costume and Jamie and Patrick Stewart as mimes complete with striped tops and white gloves.

A pastry hand topping the first course and a white chocolate hand over a cake dome for dessert, which some, after more than a few top shelf cocktails, dubbed "hands on my chocolate balls" or "fondle my fondant" . . . are you seeing a theme here?

More hints: Palm massages, fingerprint analysis, handcrafted items in the silent auction, an invitation that included a fabulous archival pigment print by Wanda Alexander titled At Hand, shadow puppets courtesy of BooTown and an amazing performance by sand story artist Joe Castillo, who most would recognize as an act that was featured in Season Seven of America's Got Talent.

The 600 party goers contributed more than $600,000 to the Orange Show's kitty.

For "Celebrate the Hand" Saturday at the Heritage Center at the Crown Plaza Hotel, the Orange Show did away with the usual party chairs and instead opted for a sizable gala committee of some 38 artsy patrons, among them Marilyn Oshman, Suzi Simons, Lane Schultz, Lance Rosmarin, Mary Cullen and many others, too many to list. The symbol of the hand honored the creative impulses of the creators of the Orange Show Monument, the Beer Can House, the Houston Art Car Parade and Smither Park — four signature components of the nonprofit that believes anyone can be an artist.

So naturally guests felt the urge to express themselves in their habiliments — J. Michael Soliz as a foxy Madonna, Karen and Marty Skolnik appropriately in elaborate Día de los Muertos attire, Carlos Hernandez as a bloody nun and more than we could count with orange accouterments, including Orange Show officials sporting orange hand prints all over their white lab coats — and on the dance floor. Because no one could resist the lively beats of The Celebrity All Star Band from Atlanta.

In part thanks to art by Jesus Morales, James Surls, Angelbert Metoyer, Richard Burton, Ed Wilson and Ryan Geiger, the 600 party goers contributed more than $600,000 to the Orange Show's kitty.

Two thumbs up goes to Curry Glassell, McKay Otto, Keith Coffee, Whit Adams, Pat Adams, Claire Cusack, Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise, Marcy De Luna, Rob Rutherford, Kathryn and Michael Moore, Todd and Heather Sutherland and Joelle and Alan Vermeulen.