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The Palm Springs Art Museum Gala “Embracing the Abstract”, March 25, 2017

Ann Greer Social Scene

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Designer Trina Turk was the guest of honor.

A feast for the senses greeted gorgeously gowned attendees at the Palm Springs Art Museum “Embracing the Abstract” Gala.

Gala co-chair Diane Rubin wore a stunning silver strapless ball gown and welcomed each guest, who descended the red carpet from the street to the museum sculpture garden. The outside cocktail reception featured models posing as living works of art; they served as canvases for patrons to paint. Live music played throughout the evening while luscious appetizers were served. Guest of honor Trina Turk was a vision in fuchsia. Kudos to event planner Tamara Bryant and her production and design firm Sensorium Events.

Following cocktail hour, patrons went into the theater to experience the Japanese video and performing arts troupe Enra. Sight, sound, color, movement — trompe l’oeil fused all of it together to enchant and enthrall the audience, earning the performers a thunderous standing ovation.

The stairs heading up to dinner inside the museum were lit with art graphics projected onto the walls and ceiling. Each table had a unique terrarium centerpiece. Dishes from Savoury’s Catering were all works of art in themselves, from the salad to the dessert, with an edible Chihuly-inspired morsel. Projections lit up the buildings across from the museum to greet departing guests as they made their way to the valet parking.

Double-platinum sponsors were Donna MacMillan, Harold Matzner, JoAnn McGrath, and Stacey and Greg Renker. Platinum sponsors were Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Peggy Jacobs and Bob Howard, Faye Sarkowsky, Arlene Schnitzer, and Trina Turk and Jonathon Skow.

Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Photography by Loretta Vlach