WHAT: Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Gala
WHERE: Crowne Plaza NRG
This past Saturday, October 27th, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art celebrated their 37th anniversary at the Crowne Plaza NRG with a Dia de los Muertos themed gala, “Ofrendas y Flores,” welcoming 400 guests for a seated dinner, impressive art auction, and dancing to the sounds of The Celebrity All Star Band performing hits from Earth, Wind and Fire with three of the original members. This year’s co-chairs, Tracy & Glen Larner and Misty & Surena Matin coordinated the event which featured an altar filled with a colorful selection of traditional sugar skulls from Mexico, an enormous skull sculpture backdrop perfect for selfies, fortune tellers and tarot readers, and a blacklight forest.
In total, the gala raised over $400,000 for the organization to continue restoration and management of two of the country’s most important folk art sites, The Orange Show and The Beer Can House, the continued construction and maintenance of Houston’s first art-inspired green space Smither Park, and the production of the annual Houston Art Car Parade, the oldest and largest gathering of its kind in the world, and one of Houston’s most beloved events. The 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade will roll through downtown Houston on Saturday, April 13, 2019.