Arts and Philanthropy

Texas Women for the Arts members gather for an intimate evening of mixing and mingling

Texas Women for the Arts gather for an intimate evening

Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Kelly Redding, Amy Brandes and Sherri West. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Pat Epstein and Lee Carnes. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Susan Espinoza and Melody McCaig. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Sherri West embraces guests as they arrive. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Sheree Frede, membership chair, with Helen Watkins. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Laura Matz. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Laura Matz and Shelby Newton. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Lisa Russell, of the Russell Collection, speaks to guests about her gallery's current exhibit, The Seasons of Royo. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Designer Christi Du Mesnil Craven talks about her work. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Guests enjoy a presentation. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
From left, Jennifer Ransom Rice, Susan Walker, Sheree Frede and Tess Peters. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Thales Smith, classical guitarist, introduces his piece. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Thales Smith performs for the group. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Lisa Russell enjoys the beautiful table of prepared specialty desserts. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
One of the delectable, individually-prepared desserts. Photo by Jon Shapley
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home
Texas Women for the Arts event at Sherri West's home

On Thursday evening, members and potential members of Texas Women for the Arts gathered at the home of Sherri West for an intimate "mix and mingle" event to learn more about the organization and its initiatives. The organization, a program under the umbrella of the Texas Cultural Trust, unites the financial force of Texas women with funding initiatives for the arts and arts education throughout the state.

The event was hosted by Sheree Frede, Carole Krist, Melody McCaig, Karyn Scott, Mary Herr Tally and Sherri West. Membership Chair Sheree Frede spoke about the organization, shedding light on its cultural mission. During the evening, three featured guests shared the spotlight, each a unique member of the greater arts community.

Featured guest Lisa Russell, owner of the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, showcased the work of world-renowned Spanish artist Royo. The Seasons of Royo, is on exhibit through May 31 at the Russell Collection. On Friday and Saturday, May 10 and May 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., exclusive artist receptions will be held at the gallery, giving collectors a chance to experience the spectacular collection in the presence of its creator.

Austin-based fashion designer Christi Craven, of Lilly Lorraine, presented pieces from her collection shown at New York Fashion Week. To round out the event, classical guitarist Thales Smith performed for the group. Smith was named a 2008 Texas Young Master.

Texas Women for the Arts holds its annual meeting May 15-16 in Houston.