|Guests arriving at Martini + Matisse Gala|
|Arriving courtyard at Frank Crum Building in Clearwater Florida is truly magical.|
This year, was a sold out event and attended by some 800 guests, primarly in the medical profession. More than one hundred artists donate art, which is carefully juried. The inaugural event, some years ago, showcased " Featured Artist" Sophie Matisse, the great grand daughter of French painter Henri Matisse.
Sophie's abstract painting was in high demand that evening. We had the pleasure of meeting Sophie, who in her humble manner, complimented our art by saying "someday I hope to paint as good as you" (our paintings hang behind Mary Rose)
|Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston and Sophie Matisse|
|Artists: Helen Tilston, Mary Rose Holms and Violetta Chandler|
|Artists with Planner Extraordinaire Susan Murbach|
|Phyllis and Katherine Schene|
This Gala benefits the uninsured in our local society. The event is $150. per person. Each guest received 3 tickets which they put in a large martini glass beside the painting they wish to win. At 9.15 a selecting committee choses a winner from the martini glass. To be eligible for the painting by the featured artist one must purchase tickets for $50. each. Our glass overflowed with tickets, thank you and Clearwater Free Clinic also thanks you.
Sixteen of the finest local restaurants served delectable dishes
|The "shakers" extreme martini shakers!!|
|Famous Chef Scott from Guppy's Restaurant and his helpers|
|E & E Steakout carving their famous roast beef|
|Candied Bacon - absolutely delicious|
|Ron Chandler, Mike Tilston and Dwight Holmes|
|Connie Stafford and guests|
|Kim, Ray, Stan & Carol Orr|
|Honest, we did not inhale|
|Violetta Chandler and Mary Rose Holmes enjoying desert, coffee and yes, Ybor City cigars|
The winner of "Let's Sail Away" triptych was: Dr. Kimberly Quick.
All photos by Helen Tilston - Photo w/Sophie Matisse by Mike Tilston
Do you enjoy formal occasions such as this?