St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. This stellar fundraiser for the MFA is presented by The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society and Neiman Marcus. The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. and the gourmet luncheon at noon. The exciting runway show will follow.
Carol Fisher and Elise Minkoff are the chairs. Gail Phares is President of The Stuart Society. The Bronze Sponsors of SMartLY DRESSED are St. Petersburg Pediatrics; [hype.] marketing, advertising, and public relations; and Echelon. Supporting Sponsors are Doyle Wealth Management Inc., The Strickland Group, Gold & Diamond Source, MMD Events, and Matter Brothers Furniture.
Kelly Ring, the Emmy-winning co-anchor of WTVT, Fox 13 News, will be the emcee. One of the best-known broadcast journalists in the Tampa Bay area, Ms. Ring joined Fox 13 in 1985. She has covered stories around the world and is the co-anchor with the legendary John Wilson of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Fox 13 News has consistently earned top ratings.
Ms. Ring has received three Emmys, as well as many other awards, and holds her degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, which has one of the most respected journalism programs in the country. She had her first on-air appearance with the university’s television station. She is once again volunteering her time for SMartLY DRESSED.
Guests can purchase chances for opportunity items, including a $5,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree at International Plaza, a $1,100 Regency chest from Matter Brothers, and citrine and diamond earrings, valued at $759, from the Gold & Diamond Source. Individual opportunity chances are $25, three are $50, and seven are $100. Chances purchased in advance will be given to guests the day of the event.
The silent auction features Flying Fish, imaginative glass art by Duncan McClellan and Mariel Bass; a set of antique majolica glass plates from Murano; a two-night stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel in Atlanta; a custom fishing-trip for two; and many more surprises. The items will be displayed in the Palm Court, making the experience easier and more enjoyable. Guests will receive updates during lunch and can continue bidding on their mobile phones.
Patron tickets for SMartLY DRESSED begin at $175, which also includes an invitation to the SMartLY DRESSED Dress Rehearsal, the preview party at Neiman Marcus on Tuesday, October 28, from 5-7 p.m. This in-store cocktail reception features more fashion, exquisite perfume, and makeup consultations, as well as gourmet bites by Elite Events Catering. Luxury coach transportation departs the MFA at 4 p.m. There will be a champagne toast and special favors on board. Stuart Society provisionals Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes and Rebecca Knight are chairing this event. Regular individual tickets to SMartLY DRESSED are $125.
There is even more. BACKSTAGE will immediately follow the fashion show and luncheon on November 5 on the Vinoy’s mezzanine terrace. Instead of waiting in the valet line after the show, guests can enjoy a signature drink, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres. They can also view fashions by Tom Ford and jewelry by Deborah Gaspar and can learn about a new facial line of cosmetics and skin care by Kate Somerville, whose original boutique is in Beverly Hills. MMD Events is providing furniture and décor. Tickets are only $50 for this crowning event, which is limited to 75 people. Valet parking is included. Natavidad (Nata) Cibran and Rebecca Hearn are the chairs.
With three events, SMartLY DRESSED transforms the fashion show into a fashion extravaganza. All proceeds benefit the Museum of Fine Arts.
For reservation information, please visit www.thestuartsociety.org. Reservation forms can be easily downloaded from the website. Please send checks, made payable to The Stuart Society, to SMartLY DRESSED, 170 Brightwaters Boulevard N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33704.
OCTOBER: MONTH OF FASHION AND ART (MFA)
The Museum will celebrate the artistic dimension of fashion, leading up to SMartLY DRESSED on November 5. The stunning exhibition, Jamie Wyeth’s Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is center stage. The show opens Saturday, October 11, 2014 and continues through Sunday, January 18, 2015.
Nureyev was both a dance and fashion icon. He was also one of the first male dancers to select costumes and to make design suggestions to accentuate his line and physique, as well as the dramatic meaning and power of the choreography. In addition to Jamie Wyeth’s work, the exhibition features five costumes, which Nureyev wore in some of his most important roles, and even a pair of his Capezio ballet slippers, all from the Brandywine collection. Other events follow:
MFA: Make and Take Saturday, October 4 and 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: On October 4, the Teens of the Lighthouse of Pinellas will teach everyone how to hand-dye silk scarves as part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month. Museum staff and volunteers will lead the hands-on activity on October 18. All materials will be provided to make your own fashion statement. No registration is necessary. Free with MFA admission.
UNCHartED: Random Act of Culture 10.16.14 @ 6:30 p.m.: Take a tour of your psyche via those rooms of emotion…Your Closets! Author and motivational speaker Jackie Walker will help you discover your inner fashion persona. Visit www.jackiewalker.com, take her Closetology Quiz, and bring the results with you for advice from the expert. Her bestseller, I DON’T HAVE A THING To Wear, The Psychology of the Closet, will be available for purchase, and the author will sign copies after her presentation. Fashion and jewelry designers will display their creations in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by New York Private Bank and Trust. Free with MFA admission, which is only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
Art Advances Fashion Forward: Fine Art, Fashion, and Photography, Three Magical Worlds Collide, Thursday, October 23, 5-9 p.m. Presented by the Museum Store in partnership with Alyen Suarez of NuSoBel. This fascinating evening features cutting-edge fashions for women and men, as well as photography, inspired by the MFA collection. Enjoy a premier fashion show and gorgeous models throughout the museum, as well as the art on the walls. Jewelry, fashion, accessories, and photography will be displayed in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory. A full cash bar, delectable bites, and valet parking will be available. $5 general admission and $15 limited VIP seating with complimentary drink and patron gift. Includes admission to the entire Museum. No reservations are required. Pay at the door.
ABOUT THE MARGARET ACHESON STUART SOCIETY
Founded three years before the Museum opened to the public in 1965, The Stuart Society is named in honor of Museum founder Margaret Acheson Stuart (1896-1980). Over the years, this dedicated service organization has raised substantial funds for art acquisitions, major exhibitions, educational programs, building renovations and additions, operations, and publications. Members have donated countless volunteer hours to the MFA.
The Stuart Society has been the Premier Sponsor of numerous exhibitions and a Lead Sponsor for the construction of the Hazel Hough Wing, which opened to the public in March 2008. The Society initiated Art in Bloom at the MFA, as well as the Wine Auction, Wine Weekend St. Pete, and now Cheers to 50 Years/Wine Weekend St. Pete 2015 on February 6-8. The organization’s importance to the MFA and the community is recognized by a gallery named in its honor. Gail Phares is the current President and in that role, serves on the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Jamie Wyeth’s Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev: Images of the Dancer From the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Saturday, October 11, 2014-Sunday, January 18, 2015
Building the Panama Canal—Photographs by Ernest Hallen, through Sunday, November 9
Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist: Images from Everywhere, Prints and Photographs
Saturday, November 15, 2014-Sunday, January 11, 2015
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has a world-class collection, with works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cézanne, Rodin, O’Keeffe, and many other great artists. Also displayed are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The photography collection is one of the largest and finest in the Southeast. The galleries, The Junior League Great Hall, and the Marly Room in the original building were recently renovated, completely transforming the experience of the art on view.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is only “5 after 5” on Thursday. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students seven and older, including college students with current I.D. Children under seven and Museum members are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and children $4 each with prior reservations. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.