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WAC's first annual art affair, The Warhol Ball, a smashing success

By Westport Arts Center’s (WAC)

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Kelley Schutte (Westport) at the Wesport Arts Center's Warhol Ball (Photography Helen Klisser During) For a picture gallery from the event, click on the photo above.
Over 400 guests attended Westport Arts Center’s (WAC) first annual Art Affair, “The Warhol Ball – A Night at The Factory,” on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m., at the Steel Shed, South Norwalk. The sold-out fundraising event recreated the avant-garde, pop art atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s legendary Manhattan studio, The Factory, with intervals of film, art, new media, music and dance.

The evening’s honoree was Westport resident Gary Cosgrave, who, as a two-time WAC past president and current board member, has championed the arts in the local community and contributed significantly to WAC’s growth and direction.

"My co-chair Deirdre Price and I, and our Superstar Committee were fortunate to have selected such a colorful artist to draw upon in planning the first annual Art Affair.  Using Warhol's Factory as a springboard allowed us to showcase all the wonderful and unique aspects of the Westport Arts Center and the talented people associated with it.  From WAC's gallery to its education, film and music programs, the Ball represented and celebrated all in one fabulous party, at an awesome venue," said Deanna Foster, WAC board member and co-chair of the Art Affair.

Marni Smith Katz, WAC development director, said “the Art Affair was a great success and we were delighted to exceed our financial goal. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support WAC’s diverse, high-quality visual and performing arts programs. Thanks to generous community support, WAC programs reach more than 11,000 people annually, including 4,000 school-aged children.”

The Factory Superstars Committee planning The Warhol Ball included Nell Bernegger, Kristen Briner, Stacie Curran, Kara Edwards, Jodi Felton, Deanna Foster, Chrissey Hunt, Melissa Kane, Laura Maged, Erika Miller, Dale Najarian, Eileen O’Brien and Deirdre Price.

Sponsors of The Warhol Ball included Westport Resources, Fairfield County Bank, US Trust-Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Citi Private Bank, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., Gault, Inc., Garelick & Herbs, Greenwich Medical Skincare & Laser Spa, Land Rover of Milford, Low Cost Power – Verde Energy, Mitchell’s of Westport, Lillian August, Riverside Management Group LLC, Robinson and Cole, LLP, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Moffly Media, 4th Row Films, Royal Restrooms, Steel Shed, and Westford Hill Distillers.

The not-for-profit Westport Arts Center is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. The WAC gallery is open free of charge, seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT

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