This month Gabby goes political, dropping in on the election night rallies and voting for the DCCA.
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A Vote for Art is a Vote for Fun
When the Vote Art fundraiser for DCCA happened a week before Halloween, the presidential campaigns were still in full swing, so it wasn’t surprising to be hailed by a super-sexy Sarah Palin look-alike in the red-carpeted greeting tent.
Gabby and his date, DT blogger and Glam Girl JoJami Tyler, were handed teeny pomegranatinis as a welcome bracer against the chill. We weren’t exactly sure what to do with the mini empties while shaking hands with event co-chairs Ellen Bartholomaus, who was decked in a gray ostrich boa, glittery bracelets to her elbow and a killer rhinestone skull clutch, and her date, Carson Zullinger, who wore a canvas smock screened with images from artists’ work he has photographed. They personified the spirit of the night perfectly: fun, stylish, humorous, and, of course, full of love for art, lots of art.
Crawling up the walls, hanging from the ceiling and worn as costumes, art was celebrated everywhere. DCCA director Maxine Graiber was a large plum Crayola crayon, which was only appropriate, since the evening’s proceeds were to be donated to children’s programs. Bill Montgomery and Lynn Doto attended as a gender-reversed Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
There was a partier dressed as René Magritte’s “Man in Bowler,” a Van Gogh (on a bike), and at least two Warholian creations. Fashion design students from the University of Delaware modeled their own avant-garde ballerina, black widow spider, dead bride and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” designs. Super.
The artful crew at Catering by Design of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, led by director Gary La Jeunesse, did a remarkable job of quenching thirst, sating appetites and dazzling the eye. Abundant bars made finding a second pommatini quick and easy. Not as easy: choosing from the burger bar (chicken, beef or crab), the soft taco stand (salmon or short rib) or the deli (reubens, pastrami and knish)—all delicious.
Gary chose turquoise as his singular decorating statement. Tables, chairs, walls, candles, and exquisitely modern blue chrysanthemum arrangements and buds were fresh choices. We loved the side room, which was transformed into a chic chill lounge. Inviting and comfortable, it gave the best view of the room and dance floor, where classic rockers Montana Wildaxe did their thing, which never fails to please the crowd.
Hot pinks, oranges and fuschias were sprayed, dipped and extended onto the hair of willing guests at the Salon Pasca table, where Governor Palin was seen touching up her lipstick. All glamified, guests stepped in front of the video camera for seven seconds at the Festive Fotobooth, where their images were made into a 60-page stop-action flip book. Sadie Somerville and Rodney Jester chose to smooch on camera. So did Ginger and Barry Schlecker.
Everybody flipped for DCCA head curator Carina Evangelista’s cobalt blue body image printed on a strapless “dress” of white canvas by Yves Kline. (Yes, the Yves Kline.) Cobalt or crimson, Democrat or Republican, Ms. Evangelista and the DCCA got my vote, a straight ticket. Ciao for now.
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