Artful Affair

Dallas Art Fair attracts everyone who's anyone for fashion-forward preview gala

Dallas Art Fair attracts everyone who's anyone for preview gala

Ed Shaikh and Gable Shaikh , Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Gable Shaikh, Ed Shaikh Photo by Desiree Espada
Maxwell Anderson & Jaqueline Anderson, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson  Photo by Desiree Espada
Brian K. Scott and Brian Jones, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Brian K. Scott and Brian Jones (aka Chuck and George) and friend. Photo by Desiree Espada
Adrian Gruin, Emerald Fitzgerald, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Adrian Gruin, Emerald Fitzgerald  Photo by Desiree Espada
Sarah Martin, Shelbie Monkers, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Sarah Martin, Shelbie Monkers Photo by Desiree Espada
Wanda Dye , Jean-Luc Richard, Summer Whitley, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Wanda Dye, Jean-Luc Richard, Summer Whitley  Photo by Desiree Espada
Austin Lewis. Mackenzie Moussa, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Austin Lewis, Mackenzie Moussa Photo by Desiree Espada
Brandy Michelle Adams and Matthew Giese, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Brandy Michelle Adams, Matthew Giese  Photo by Desiree Espada
Carole Hoffman, Paul Dodlinger, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Carole Hoffman, Paul Dodlinger Photo by Desiree Espada
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Guests snapped pics of works that caught their eyes. Photo by Desiree Espada
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
The preview gala gives enthusiasts an opportunity to browse and buy before the art fair opens to the public. Photo by Desiree Espada
Kevin Ruben Jacobs
Kevin Ruben Jacobs Photo by Desiree Espada
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2015
Partygoers relaxing in the Ruinart lounge. Photo by Desiree Espada
Ed Shaikh and Gable Shaikh , Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Maxwell Anderson & Jaqueline Anderson, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Brian K. Scott and Brian Jones, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Adrian Gruin, Emerald Fitzgerald, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Sarah Martin, Shelbie Monkers, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Wanda Dye , Jean-Luc Richard, Summer Whitley, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Austin Lewis. Mackenzie Moussa, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Brandy Michelle Adams and Matthew Giese, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Carole Hoffman, Paul Dodlinger, Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Kevin Ruben Jacobs
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2015

Few social events draw as important a crowd as the Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala, where enthusiasts, collectors and gallerists — from here and elsewhere — come together to celebrate the opening of the big event, now in its seventh year. It’s also one of the year’s best people-watching opportunities, if only for the fashion.

Attendees, dressed in their most artful cocktail attire, packed into the Fashion Industry Gallery for two distinct purposes: to get a sneak peek at the more than 100 exhibitors and to socialize, naturally. Once air kisses were exchanged and glasses of Ruinart champagne procured, they wandered from booth to booth, making mental notes of the works that could be the next great finds for their collections.

“We need to get that!” said one woman to her male companion while browsing the booth of Beatriz Esguerra Art, from Bogota, Colombia. Specifically she had her eye on Elsa Zambrano’s little boxes, which contain objects that reproduce masterpieces of art history.

Among those spotted in this distinguished crowd: Peter Doroshenko, Jed Norse, Jacqueline and Maxwell L. Anderson, Richard Phillips, Nan Coulter, Erin Cluley, Ken Downing, Sam Saladino, John Reoch, Scott Ginsburg, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Brian Bolke, Capera Ryan, Megan and Brady Wood, and Kimberly and Justin Whitman.

The Dallas Art Fair runs through Sunday at Fashion Industry Gallery, and there are plenty of offshoot events. Funds raised during the preview gala benefit the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary.