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Stunning art collection space welcomes Houston's thought leaders, puts culture first

Stunning art collection space welcomes Houston's thought leaders

11 7229 Jamie Bennett, from left, Regina Garcia and Chuck Still at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Jamie Bennett, from left, Regina Garcia and Chuck Still. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
10 7224 Jonathon Glus, from left, Brad Bucher, Laura Bellows and Ron Witte at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Jonathon Glus, from left, Brad Bucher, Laura Bellows and Ron Witte. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
9 7211 Jereann Chaney and Jonathon Glus at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Jereann Chaney and Jonathon Glus. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
8 7209 Cissy Segall Davis and Marc Melcher at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Cissy Segall Davis and Marc Melcher. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
6 7197 Stephen Klineberg, from left, Pat Jasper and David Lake at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Stephen Klineberg, from left, Pat Jasper and David Lake. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 7193 Sara Kellner and Alton LaDay at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Sara Kellner and Alton LaDay. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
13 7286 Anne Lamkin Kinder, from left, Sanford Criner and Phyllis Childress at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Anne Lamkin Kinder, from left, Sanford Criner and Phyllis Childress. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 7179 Ernesto Alfaro, from left, Marie Rodriguez and Jamie Bennett at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
Ernesto Alfaro, from left, Marie Rodriguez and Jamie Bennett. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
11 7229 Jamie Bennett, from left, Regina Garcia and Chuck Still at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
10 7224 Jonathon Glus, from left, Brad Bucher, Laura Bellows and Ron Witte at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
9 7211 Jereann Chaney and Jonathon Glus at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
8 7209 Cissy Segall Davis and Marc Melcher at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
6 7197 Stephen Klineberg, from left, Pat Jasper and David Lake at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
5 7193 Sara Kellner and Alton LaDay at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
13 7286 Anne Lamkin Kinder, from left, Sanford Criner and Phyllis Childress at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014
3 7179 Ernesto Alfaro, from left, Marie Rodriguez and Jamie Bennett at the reception for Jamie Bennett November 2014

What: Welcome reception for Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America.

Where: At the private art collection space of collectors Leslie and Brad Bucher.

The 411: The newly-expanded art space served as an ideal setting for the reception hosted by the Houston Arts Alliance board and advisory council with co-chairs Judy Nyquist and Joe Dilg welcoming the heady group of civic leaders. HAA invited Bennett to Houston to address the Creative Placemaking series for thought-provoking discussions on positioning art and culture at the center of comprehensive community planning and development.

Who: HAA president and CEO Jonathon Glus and HAA board members Laura Bellows, Minnette Boesel, Regina Garcia, Scott and Yvette Hill, Fabené Welch and Leigh Smith and board chairman Marc Melcher.