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Art-Inspired Entertaining

Three tables on display at Kay Kerrigan's house

Dinner for Two

Linda Reese Bjork Photographs

Kay Kerrigan is an avid collector of every genre of art from sculpture, pottery, glass art, paintings; she’s an artist herself, so how fun to create three vignettes with this column! Many of you will go to “White Linen Night” and “Dirty Linen Night,” as well as many of the art markets in our neighborhoods for exciting chances to collect exceptional art, so why not have a dinner party featuring your new purchases?

Dinner for Two: We gathered the “Mardi Gras Goddess” from Uruguay, a parrot by Jana Napoli and a glass bowl from YaYa filled with a single hydrangea. The bowls came from a gallery in Aspen and the dishes from Puglia, Italy. The sculpture in the background is a mobile sculpture by Luis Colmenares that Kay surprised husband Bobby Kerrigan with for his 70th birthday.

Kitchen Buffet: We started with the sculpture of the girl with a pear by Tori Corbin that Kay purchased at Gutherie Gallery on Magazine Street. Another sculpture by S.M. Simpson came from the Poydras Art show. The napkin rings, fish bowl, objets d’art and salt and pepper were collected on a trip to South Africa.

Kitchen Buffet

Dinner in the Bug House: Kay’s grandmother name is Bug, so the pool house is called the Bug House. The bug plates came from Anthropologie at Canal Place, and the leaf containers with gerbera daisies and hyacinths came from the Palmer Park Art Market and from Jazz Fest.

Dinner in the Bug House

Just have another couple over for a simple early dinner. Give everyone a blank canvas before dinner, and once everyone has a glass of wine, ask them to create their own work of art in between courses. See how creative your own friends can be!

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