An exhibition and sale of original art created “in response” to the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden and City Park framed the foundation for the inaugural benefit for The New Orleans Botanical Garden.
The exhibition took place March 29 through 31, culminating in a celebration reception, sale and live auction in The New Orleans Botanical Garden the evening of March 31. The reception featured delicious hors d’oeuvres and an artful cocktail by The Garnished Palette. Guitarist Javier Gutierrez and Josh Reppel of Vivaz set the relaxed vibe for the evening with a jazzy Latino beat.
Eighty-one artists were represented by 115 works of art on exhibition. Artists in attendance included George Dunbar with Louisette Brown; Scott Howard with wife Janet; Joan Hooper Feibelman with husband Julian Feibelman; Scott Andresen with wife Naomi Doerner; Michel Varisco; Bruce Davenport; Kaori Maeyama; Fran Koerner; and Auseklis Ozols whose painting, “Enrique’s Dream,” sold for the highest price of $15,000.
Stephanie Feoli and Carmen Duncan served as Co-Chairs. The committee included Charles Whited, art activist who invited many of the participating artists; Ruthie Winston as auctioneer; Katie and Shaun Rafferty and son, Nigel, who designed the event logo; Pam Bryan and Lisa Rotondo McCord who curated the exhibition with husbands Jay and Jonathan; Anne and Luis Banos; Muffin and Luis Balart; and Ruthie Frierson, who coordinated publicity with husband Lou.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “RESPONSE – Artists in the Park,” benefiting the Botanical Garden Foundation
When: March 29-31
Where: The New Orleans Botanical Garden