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February 2020- Houston

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30 WHEN ART IS ON THE MENU CATHERINE D. ANSPON MINGLES WITH THE ART GALS. PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL ORTIZ. T he always elegant and buzzy Another Great Night in November is a staple for every It-girl, merging old guard and new, soigné swans and grandes dames, savvy collectors and the power social set. At the annual Contemporary Arts Museum Houston fundraiser, dressing up is de rigueur, as is knowledge of the contemporary art world: If you can drop names of gallerist pals, artists you're tracking, or your Art Basel itinerary, even better. Finally, there's the delicious opportunity to tour, then dine in a private home — always one with a tony art collection. This year, 220 women generated $227,000 for the CAMH's coffers, thanks to pairing accomplished co-chairs Yvonne Cormier and Mary D'Andrea with a new entrée on the social scene, Erika Toussaint. The Toussaints' old-world home, designed by Curtis & Windham with interiors by Ann Wolf and art advisement by Lea Weingarten, drew ahhhs and a traffic jam at the entry's show-stopping mirrored wall sculpture by Teresita Fernández. Rebekah Johnson devised a dramatic tent-scape punctuated by a dichroic-glass chandelier (with decor underwritten by Karen Pulaski and Tribute Goods), while City Kitchen's Latin-infused menu, beginning with cocktail-hour mojitos, nodded to the host's Cuban ancestry. A luxury raffle took the place of the traditional treasure hunt, underwritten by The Galleria. Luxe loot from the shopping Mecca's retailers De Beers, Ferragamo, Max Mara, Saint Laurent, The Webster) went to five lucky winners: Hanh Langlinais, Angela Lee, Renée Lewis Cary, Ileana Couret- Endom, and Kristina Somerville. CANVAS: CAMH deputy director Christina Brungardt and curators Rebecca Matalon and Patricia Restrepo; museum trustee Bryn Larsen delivering dinner remarks; a fleet of gallerists including Nancy Littlejohn, Kerry Inman, Allison Ayers, Laura Rathe, and Sarah Foltz; collector types Marita Fairbanks, Heidi Gerger, Sissy Kempner, Leigh Smith, Jereann Chaney, and Judy Nyquist; Jessica Phifer with Christie's; The Galleria's manager of luxury retail, Lisa Bendfeldt; Kari Gonzales of Cartier; Fendi's Yamaki Dharrampaul and Amara Hang; and Courtney Hopson, Isabel David, artist Page Kempner, Claire Cormier Thielke, Melissa Mithoff, and Ruth Davis. ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON Co-chairs Yvonne Cormier, Mary D'Andrea Host Erika Toussaint Leigh Smith, Tracy Eklund, Judy Nyquist Katherine Phelps, Courtney Hopson, Melissa Mithoff Rebekah Johnson, Page Kempner Sarah Snyder, Estela Cockrell, Laura Robertson Tiffany Wong, Leslie Hull, Sophie Girard Carolyn Tanner, Lindley Arnoldy, Valerie Dieterich Stephanie Cockrell Rebecca Matalon Renée Lewis Cary with her raffle loot, a Max Mara handbag Kristen Berger, Isabel David Elizabeth Satel Young Jennifer Wong, Lilia Wong Marita Fairbanks Lea Weingarten, Blakely Griggs Chelsea Pacey Coble Jorgensen Philamena Baird

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