n Art Talk

The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane was abuzz with excitement at an opening reception for a pair of exhibitions, “Kate Clark: Mysterious Presence” and “Andrea Dezso: I Wonder.” Curated by museum director Dr. Monica Ramirez-Montagut, they show how the two contemporary artists “adapt traditional crafts to create new, often mysterious forms.” A private VIP preview hour started the evening’s activity. At that time, the museum’s longtime supporters could interact with Clark and Dezso.

At 6 p.m., guests moved into the Montine McDaniel Freeman Auditorium for a public talk by Dezso about her fanciful work. Then it was on to a reception with in-house catering and drinks by Michael’s Catering. In the museum, visitors stood eye-to-eye with Clark’s life-size taxidermy sculptures and studied Dezso’s fantastical pop-up books, ceramics and drawings. Guests also mingled in front of the Woodward Way’s Tiffany glass window triptychs at elegantly draped cocktail tables lining the breezeway.

Complementing the museum’s exhibitions is a whimsical mural designed by Dezso for the front windows of the Tulane City Center on Baronne Street. The closing date for the NAM shows and the Central City-located mural is April 10.

Within the preview pack were Carol and Tom Reese — both answer to dr. in academic circles, as well as Karoline Schleh, Allison McAshan, Felicia McCarren, AnnieLaurie Erickson. Teresa Cole, Ron Bechet, Tracy Kennan, MaPo Kinnord-Payton, Belinda Flores Shinshillas, Jana Napoli, Francesca Koerner, and scores more, who gave “Presence” and Wonder” a visual salute. A smile, too.

n Kickoff Celebration

The 22nd annual Leukemia Cup Regatta Kickoff Celebration of the Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Regatta at the Southern Yacht Club was given by the Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Orleans to “Raise a sail to help find a cure for blood cancers.” National LC Regatta Chairman Gary Jobson, past president of U.S. Sailing, America’s Cup winner, author, and ESPN commentator was the special guest. He is also a lymphoma survivor.

“I wasn’t losing, I was learning how to win” was said by Jobson concerning his sailing career. To further the cause of the Leukemia Cup Regatta Campaign, Jobson has helped raise more than $54 million across the country and has attended more than 388 events since its inception.

An additional luminary at the event was Rylie “Roo” Richards, the 2016 Honored Skipper. Rylie, a fourth-grader and a leukemia survivor who remains in remission today, has helped raise thousands of dollars for the L&L Society. She was accompanied by her mom, Tracy. Among those attending were the Robert Kottlers. Bob, of IberiaBank, raised over $50,000 to name a research grant in Roo’s honor. This was a “first” in the MSLA Chapter’s history for the campaign.

Others rubbing shoulders were the Guy Brierres, the Burt Benruds, the Blaine Gahagans, Dave Erwin, the Christopher Bellones, Jeffrey Huseman, Marcus Eagan, the William Wrights, the James C. Wades, Kyle Smith, the Richard Juges, and chapter board Chairman Dito Patron. They, and others socialized at tables with wooden sailboats atop a round mirror and votives as centerpieces. The food fare was “a taste of New Orleans.” Chatter concerned the SYC April 16 and 17 Sailing Regatta that will culminate with festivities and an awards ceremony.

n History for Present Partying

The 35th annual Founders’ Day Banquet in observance of the 191st anniversary of the legislative establishment of The Parish of Jefferson took place on a recent Saturday evening at the Timberlane Country Club in Gretna. It was sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission and the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana. Dr. Mary Grace Curry, the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, chairs the commission (which has Charmaine Currault Rini, G. Leighton Ciravolo, Barbara Edmundson McManus and Judy Dobbins Mills on the board), while Leighton Ciravolo presides over the 11-member society roster.

Program principals included JHS Chaplain McManus for the Thomas Jefferson daily prayer, as well as Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, Hector Pineda, guest speaker Jefferson Parish Councilman-at-large Christopher L. “Chris” Roberts (with Paige Claverie) and his nostalgic “Westbank Stories,” and Mike Hymel, who accepted a plaque on behalf of the Westwego Historical Society. After a dinner of gumbo, salad, chicken or catfish, there was ceremonial birthday cake with Curry and Ciravolo cutting it. Noted as well were Dolores and Nick Danos, John Portero with Dr. Curry, John and daughter Lisa Ciravolo, Angelo Rini with the above Charmaine, Judge Nestor L. Currault with daughter Adrienne Tate and sister Geraldine Ryan, Frank and Schlise Borne with Cherreen Gegenheimer, and Parish Councilman Paul Johnston with Ed and Marty Ernewein, Mike Hymel, Gina Bergeron, and Ted and Cheryl Bergeron. Also, Gretna Mayor Belinda Cambre Constant and Ronnie.

Also, Elizabeth Schwarz with Irvin and Sylvia Schwarz, Glenda and Arthur Bonneval with granddaughter Bailey Kahn, Ruth Limjuco, Laurie and Cullen Ledet, Sevilla Finley and guest Melanie Andrews, and, with Barbara McManus, Iona Meyers and Linda Sanchez.

n Louisiana Appleseed

At the recent reception held by Louisiana Appleseed in the National WWII Museum, Jeff Richardson, Martin Stern, Ron Sholes (not present), Sylvia Roberts (posthumously), Sarah Vandergriff and Jessica Vermilyea received the Good Apple Awards. The organization recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to advance social justice.

The American Sector catered, Dr. Michael White made music, Elwood Cahill won the Opus One in the rare Wine Raffle, Linda Perez Clark copped the Mark Samuels-donated door prize, and LA board President Irvin Warshauer and executive director Christy Kane were among Appleseed’s assembly.

Editor’s note: This item ran March 1 with the wrong photos. The correct photos are published here.