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NBMAA Throws The Art PARTy of the Year

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It was an artist’s dream at the New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday with a picture perfect springtime evening, more than 200 donated works of art, and a crowd that was more than ready for “The Art Party of the Year.”

More than 450 people attended the bash held each year to raise money for the museum’s education program, and they came from far and wide.

nbmaa2 (2)Probably traveling one of the longest distances was former Bushnell director Doug Evans who came with husband Mikolaj Bauer from Florida. New Britain was the first leg of an even longer vacation journey.

“We’re headed to Barcelona,” said the always dapper Evans, who along with much of the crowd, took time to watch the Kentucky Derby that was being broadcast on a giant screen in the museum’s Stanley Works Center.

nbmaa3 (2)Honorary co-chairs for the event were Webster Bank’s Jim Smith and his wife Cathy with Marzena Silpe stepping up as gala chair.

“We needed this to be a festive night,” she said, explaining the bagpiper who welcomed guests, the eye-catching white table settings with clear acrylic “Ghost” chairs that made “dining amidst the masterpieces” that much more special.

Beaming the entire night was executive director Douglas Hyland, who was celebrating the success of the museum’s Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and already looking forward to the next big show and event.

“We’ll be having a Tiffany display next,” said Hyland about “The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman” exhibit opening May 23. “We’re planning a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ opening for that.”

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