Patrons perfect the “Art of Conversation”

Nov. 11, 2014Houston Chronicle

Before the “Art of Conversation” Luncheon benefiting City ArtWorks began on Monday afternoon, excited chatter filled the halls of the Junior League.

Nearly 300 supporters of the non-profit’s mission to provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities to explore their creativity joined chairs William W. Stubbs and Beth Wolff for a VIP reception and silent auction. Items ranged from sought-after bags from Prada and Elaine Turner, as well as a stunning necklace by Mariquita Masterson, the event’s honoree.

“Having art in schools is so important,” said Stubbs, Houston’s well-known luxury interior designer. “I was dyslexic and had a very hard time until I got to the third grade when an art teacher changed my life.”

Standing in for Mayor Annise Parker, City Council Member Ellen Cohen declared Nov. 10th as “City ArtWorks Day.”

During lunch, appointed “conversationalists” led the discussions at each table.  Wolff, who has a high-end real-estate company, and Stubbs reclaimed the podium promptly at 1 o’clock to introduce Masterson.

“City ArtWorks is a little under the radar, but the work they do is really remarkable,” Masterson said.

The well-attended luncheon raised nearly $75,000.

In the crowd: Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Catherine Mosbacher, Vanessa Gilmore, Melissa Aguilar, Kathryn Rabinow, Jonathan Sandys, Bobby Dees, Joanne King Herring, Chase Untermeyer, Susan Bischoff, Mady Kades, David Peck, Donna Vallone, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Phyllis Stepp and Mary Ann McKeithan.