Most Artful Affair

Dallas Art Fair preview gala draws out every awesomely dressed enthusiast

Dallas Art Fair preview gala draws out every well-dressed enthusiast

Johnson Hartig, Nasiba Adilova, Federica Fanari
Johnson Hartig, Nasiba Adilova, Federica Fanari Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Clair Tompkins, Julie Lloyd, Capera Ryan, Rhonda Frazer, Marcus Frazer
Clair Tompkins, Julie Lloyd, Capera Ryan, Rhonda Frazer, Marcus Frazer Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky
Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Micki Rawlings, Mike Rawlings, Michelle Rawlings
Micki Rawlings, Mike Rawlings, Michelle Rawlings Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jennifer Graham, Heather Vranich, Susan Bednar Long, Rachel Haas, Kim Dodson
Jennifer Graham, Heather Vranich, Susan Bednar Long, Rachel Haas, Kim Dodson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Scott Ogden of Shrine Gallery in NYC
Scott Ogden Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2016
Patrons and enthusiasts got a sneak peek at the Dallas Art Fair offerings at the preview gala. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma
Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Chris Stewart, Catherine MacMahon, Douglas MacMahon
Chris Stewart, Catherine MacMahon, Douglas MacMahon Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Annika Cail, Abi Perpall
Annika Cail, Abi Perpall Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2016
More than 100 galleries are represented at the Dallas Art Fair. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Adrian Cope, James Cope, Nicole Berry
Adrian Cope, James Cope, Nicole Berry Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Johnson Hartig, Nasiba Adilova, Federica Fanari
Clair Tompkins, Julie Lloyd, Capera Ryan, Rhonda Frazer, Marcus Frazer
Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky
Micki Rawlings, Mike Rawlings, Michelle Rawlings
Jennifer Graham, Heather Vranich, Susan Bednar Long, Rachel Haas, Kim Dodson
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson
Scott Ogden of Shrine Gallery in NYC
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2016
Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma
Chris Stewart, Catherine MacMahon, Douglas MacMahon
Annika Cail, Abi Perpall
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2016
Adrian Cope, James Cope, Nicole Berry

For the city’s art enthusiasts and social butterflies, the Dallas Art Fair preview gala surely is a favorite. The Fashion Industry Gallery comes alive with art and the people who come to peruse, praise, and purchase it. This year it felt particularly lively. 

As expected, the fashion was as colorful as the works themselves, which were brought in from 17 countries. Perhaps more important, those festively dressed Dallasites got the rare opportunity to meet and greet the gallerists and artists themselves, many of whom traveled very far indeed for this year’s event.

Armed with glasses of Ruinart champagne, patrons — including Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Ariel Saldivar, Nasiba Adilova, Capera Ryan, and Christen and Derek Wilson — embarked on a journey through two levels of exhibitions. Among the talkers were works from Italian artist Alberto Biasi from the De Buck Gallery and Joe Minter’s sculpture garden installed just outside FIG’s front doors.

The latter came to town via Shrine gallery in New York City. The fair newcomer recently was started by former Dallasite Scott Ogden, and Minter’s pieces caught the eye of many attendees, including Sam Saladino.

When hunger struck, there were passed hors d’oeuvre such as mini beef Wellingtons, as well as an in-fair cafe courtesy of Bread Winners. But surely the art provided enough for fairgoers to feast upon.

The Dallas Art Fair runs through Sunday, April 17, at Fashion Industry Gallery, and there are plenty of ancillary events around town. Funds raised during the preview gala benefit the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Contemporary.

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