Masterful Fundraising

First-time gala for major Dallas museum turns out to be a masterpiece

First-time gala for major Dallas museum turns out to be a masterpiece

Carl Sewell, Peggy Sewell, Pilar Henry, Jay Henry
Carl Sewell, Peggy Sewell, Pilar Henry, Jay Henry Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
John Scott, Deborah Scott
John Scott, Deborah Scott Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Gail Turner, Gerald Turner
Gerald Turner, Gail Turner Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Margaret Solomon, Hugh Washburn, Capera Ryan
Margaret Solomon, Hugh Washburn, Capera Ryan Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
James Rust, Abigail Rust
James Rust, Abigail Rust Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Steve Summers, Emily Summers
Steve Summers, Emily Summers Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
Fleurt by Margaret Ryder did the table decor. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
SMU dancers at Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
SMU dancers performed during cocktail hour. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Allen Custard, Elizabeth Wilder Quist, Mason Custard
Allen Custard, Elizabeth Wilder Quist, Mason Custard Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Joaquín Achúcarro (pianist) and Andrés Díaz (cellist)
Pianist Joaquín Achúcarro and cellist Andrés Díaz performed together for the first time at the Masterpiece Gala. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Mark Roglán, Kathleen Roglán
Mark Roglán, Kathleen Roglán Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Agustin Arteaga, Amanda Dotseth, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime
Agustin Arteaga, Amanda Dotseth, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Zac Hirzell, Hollee Hirzel
Zac Hirzell, Hollee Hirzel Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Andrew Sinwell, Abigail Sinwell, Kim Elting, Stewart Cohen
Andrew Sinwell, Abigail Sinwell, Kim Elting, Stewart Cohen Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Jay Grogan, Whitney Grogan, Diane Byrd, Harold Byrd
Jay Grogan, Whitney Grogan, Diane Byrd, Harold Byrd Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Chuck Briant, Lilly Albritton
Chuck Briant, Lilly Albritton Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Cuvee performing at Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
Cuvee kept everyone on the dance floor during the after-party Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Bill Custard, Linda Custard
Bill Custard, Linda Custard Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Melinda Knowles, Katherine Coker
Melinda Knowles, Katherine Coker Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Carl Sewell, Peggy Sewell, Pilar Henry, Jay Henry
John Scott, Deborah Scott
Gail Turner, Gerald Turner
Margaret Solomon, Hugh Washburn, Capera Ryan
James Rust, Abigail Rust
Steve Summers, Emily Summers
Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
SMU dancers at Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
Allen Custard, Elizabeth Wilder Quist, Mason Custard
Joaquín Achúcarro (pianist) and Andrés Díaz (cellist)
Mark Roglán, Kathleen Roglán
Agustin Arteaga, Amanda Dotseth, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime
Zac Hirzell, Hollee Hirzel
Andrew Sinwell, Abigail Sinwell, Kim Elting, Stewart Cohen
Jay Grogan, Whitney Grogan, Diane Byrd, Harold Byrd
Chuck Briant, Lilly Albritton
Cuvee performing at Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala 2018
Bill Custard, Linda Custard
Melinda Knowles, Katherine Coker

The weather gods were on the side of charity October 13, when the rain subsided just in time for the Masterpiece Gala benefiting the Meadows Museum at SMU. The timing of this inaugural black-tie fundraiser was precise: to coincide with the exhibition “Dali: Poetics of the Small.” And the work of the legendary Spanish artist inspired the event’s theme, The Color of Dreams.

The evening began festively, with cocktails and dance performances by SMU students. But the real treat was the pre-dinner private concert by Joaquín Achúcarro and Andrés Díaz, both professors at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. This marked the first time the two masters performed together. Cellist Díaz began with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude, Suite No. 2 in D Minor. Pianist Achúcarro joined him for Camille Saint-Saëns’ "The Swan." Achúcarro closed out the program with Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53 by Frédéric Chopin.

Dinner followed in the museum galleries, at tables appointed with gorgeous floral centerpieces by Fleurt by Margaret Ryder. Guests settled in for three artful courses — roasted pumpkin ravioli with lobster butter sauce, beef tenderloin with purple potato cake and braised greens, and chocolate crémeux with lavender ice cream and almond cookies — prepared by Cassandra Fine Catering. The meal was accompanied by Spanish wines, of course.

The party continued after dinner, with dancing and live music by Cuvee. By night’s end, chairwoman Pilar Henry and honorary chairs (and presenting sponsors) Peggy and Carl Sewell must have been pleased — not only by the smiles on attendees’ faces, but also by the $700,000 raised. The majority of the proceeds from the Masterpiece Gala establish a $2 million endowment for the Meadow Museum’s director of education position.

Spotted among the art-appreciating patrons were Meadows Museum director Mark Roglán and wife Kathleen, Linda and Bill Custard, Agustin Arteaga, Ashley and Chris Kleinert, Bess and Ted Enloe, Caren ProthroCapera Ryan, and Rebecca Fletcher.

The Meadows Museum dates back to 1962, when Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated funds to establish a museum at SMU to house his private collection of Spanish paintings. Today, the Meadows Museum is the premier destination for Spanish art outside of Spain, made possible through the continued support of the Meadows Foundation and international relationships like the one forged with the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.