Art Museum Blast-Off
Blaffer Art Museum Gala delivers an out-of-this-world experience
What:Blaffer Art Museum Gala.
Where: In the museum on the University of Houston campus.
The scoop: The "Odyssey 2016" gala delivered an out-of-this-world experience for guests who wined and dined beneath a stratosphere of floating florals and soaring golden meteorites. Leading the trés chic contingent were chairs John Blaffer Royall and Bridget and Patrick Wade.
The evening honored brother and sister Erik Arneberg and Ingrid Arneberg and their mother, the late Jane Dale Owen. Owen, granddaughter of Sarah Campbell Blaffer for whom the museum is named, chaired the museum's first gala in 1997 and last December bequeathed an unrestricted gift of $1 million to the museum. The evening raised $265,000 for the museum. All of it happy news for Blaffer director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli.
Who: Anne Owen and Hal Pontez, Lynne and Joe Hudson, Jo and Jim Furr, Jereann Chaney, Sallie Morian and Michael Clark, Christiane and Kris Stuart, JudyNyquist, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Leslie Ballard Hull and Mark Hull, and Elodie and Richard Tattinger.