NBMAA Celebrates Spring With Gala

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artpart1Saturday was Kentucky Derby Day and that meant a given reason to party and then some.

Over at the New Britain Museum of American Art, it was not so much about horses as it was art at its “The Art Party of the Year” Spring Gala that, as usual, attracted a who’s who of the area’s well-known.

Among the guests were Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was taking a break from the budget back and forth going on at the Capitol, and his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO Cathy Malloy.

Also attending were Webster Bank/Webster Financial chairman/CEO Jim Smith and wife Kathyartpart6 Smith and former Central Connecticut State University president Richard Judd and his wife, Nancy Judd.

While it may have been a day about a horse race (which guests were invited to view on a large screen television in the Stanley Works Center at the museum) there was also some buzz about the food. The gala marked the first big event to be catered by the museum’s new vendor, Riverhouse, of The Society Room in Hartford and Belle Terrace in Avon fame.

“We had a fabulous tasting,” said museum executive director Douglas Hyland who after sampling choices with the committee including gala co-chairs Kathryn West and Kathleen Kraczkowsky, settled on a menu including poached main lobster medallions, filet mignon, glazed short ribs and chocolate cherry cake.

artpart2There was also some buzz about the art that was up for artpart4auction including a piece called “Lady Slipper” by well-known artist and Hepburn clan member, Mundy Hepburn.

And then there is the groundbreaking for the museum addition scheduled for May 12.

“This is a bit of a celebration of that as well,” said Hyland about the new $21 million expansion that will add about 18,000 square-feet to the museum. “We’ve been talking about it for three or four years and finally the groundbreaking is almost here.”

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