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June 26, 2012

Veneralia Gala 2012

28 local artists added creative flair to this year’s museum gala

  • Photos by Jim Fitts

The theme of The Michael C. Carlos Museum’s spring gala, “Night of the Jaguar,” was taken from a current exhibit on shamanic art, but the works of local, contemporary artists stole the show. Each table got a unique centerpiece, crafted by local artists specializing in everything from graffiti art to paper sculpture.

Co-Chairs Courland and Beth Ault with Randi and Raymond Goins Co-Chairs Courland and Beth Ault with Randi and Raymond Goins

The VIPs

Co-Chairs Beth Ault and Robert Long, honorees Margaret and Charlie Shufeldt, Michael C. Carlos Museum Director of Development Gail Habif and Director Bonnie Speed

 

The Venue

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

 

The Highlights

A black-tie group of culturati turned out for this year’s gala, which included cocktails and the viewing of unique artist tables and a gourmet dinner. Among the participating contemporary artists on display:Alex Brewer A.K.A. HENSE, Mary Engel, Deborah Whitlaw Lewellyn, Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry of Paper-Cut-Project, Sharon Shapiro, Keith Summerour, and Sheila Turner. The creative tablescapes fashioned by these artists reflected a range of media—photography, paper sculpture, painting, and graffiti art. Patrons excitedly bid on the table art as well as high-end silent auction items.

 

The Scene-Makers

Ginny Brewer, Merry Carlos Ginny Brewer, Merry Carlos

Among the arts patrons at Veneralia 2012: Merry and Chris Carlos, Ginny and Charles Brewer, Ginny and Guy Milner, Michael and Kristi Robison, Alex and Joanne Gross, Raymond and Randi Goins, Caroline and Jeff Tucker, Cindy and Bill Voyles.

 

The Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors: Spruce Private Investors LLC; Gold Benefactors: Merry and Chris Carlos, Anne Cox Chambers; Gold Sponsors: Canterbury Press, Cartier, Dennis Dean Catering, National Distributing Company, Publix Super Market Charities; Silver Benefactor: Joanne and Charlie Ackerman

 

The Cause

Proceeds from Veneralia 2012 support the renovation of the Ancient American galleries scheduled to reopen in January 2013. 

Beth Webb in awe at Co-Chair Robert Long's (left) Garden of Eden-like topiary centerpiece Beth Webb in awe at Co-Chair Robert Long's (left) Garden of Eden-like topiary centerpiece

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