A symphony of giving

No tuna casserole for this group. The Episcopal Church of the Ascension held a silent auction social in its church hall complete with Acadiana Symphony Orchestra strings. Guests bought chances on a wine pull ($10 gets you a chance at the wines, one of which is collectible) and bid on diamond earrings, all while serving their fellow man. The fundraiser benefitted SOFA (Service, Outreach, Furniture, Acadiana) whose mission is to provide furniture for victims of fire, flood, tornado, hurricane or who are establishing a new residence after homelessness. Competing in the auction for paintings and more were Pat Olson and Nannette Heggie, Pearl Harbor veteran Bob Lowe, seersucker-suited John Coleman, Jill and Bobby McGee — his real name — and Maggie Penfold-Scalise, (yes, Steve’s stepmother).

Gallery opening

Whether it was the paintings or smooth-talking Rocky Perkins we’ll never know, but gallery goers packed The Frame Shop on a recent Friday night for the opening of LouisianaScapes. A joint showing of 17 diverse artists with one theme in mind, the collection included new photographs and work by Ray Istre, Lynda Frese, George Loli, Kerry Griechen, Perkins and gallery owner Jeromy Young. Young was at a loss to explain his extraordinary turnout unless it was the talent, but said “We’ve been hitting Facebook pretty hard.” Seeing and being seen were sultry Natalia Sidorovskia, Ty Malloy with friends Louann Gerard and Gail Wolf, Woody Martin and Jarunee McBride.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.