Shelby's social diary
Femmes frolic for CAM
It's sort of the ultimate girl's night out — the Contemporary Arts Museum's "Another Great Night in November" fundraiser.
Traditionally held in a swank abode, the soiree challenges the gray matter with an art-themed/pop culture scavenger hunt, sates the taste buds with fine wine and good food and inspires loads of high-decibel female chatter.
Originated as a softer counterpoint to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's men smoker, "One Great Night in November," the evening brings out the best of the city's contemporary art patrons and a slew of well-connected young women.
Close to 250 poured into Eliza and Stuart Stedman's River Oaks home Wednesday night including dinner co-chairs Cabrina Owsley and Leslie Sprague. All three women wore Bottega Veneta, the company so jazzed about the chichi party that three reps from the home office in Milan flew in just for the evening. Leading the pack and gifting "Veneta" leather handbags as high-fashion trophies for scavenger hunt winners was Francesca Bellettini, Bottega Veneta's worldwide merchandising director.
The cool elan of the party tent, where dinner was served by City Kitchen, was shattered by screams and cheers when it was announced that Judy Nyquist's table had won the coveted handbags. Taking home the woven leather pieces were Betty Newton, Cristiana Anderson, Louise Bland, Gisela Cherches, Terry Smith, Ann Wilde, Lea Weingarten,Henrietta Alexander, Kerry Inman and Heidi Gerger.