Monday, September 18

Sparkle Plenty

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Top: Ashley Longshore

Above: Chance Wick & Sarah May | Zephyr Gin | Alison Kirkpatrick & Laura Black

Stellar crowd. Commendable cause. Guest of honor with a personality huge enough to dwarf Big Tex. What else—apart from copious cocktails, bites and DJ—does a great party need? If you attended Art for Advocacy at FFT’s For Home store on McKinney Avenue last Thursday night, you already know the answer: Not one thing.

The evening’s mission was raising funds for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, a 26-year-old nonprofit that serves abused and traumatized children throughout Dallas County. But it was impossible to feel somber surrounded by so much visual joy. That came courtesy of New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore, a pop-culture magpie as flamboyant (and unfiltered) as her work. The tsunami of color, sparkle and provocation took over much of the store, from tables laden with acrylic trays, prayer candles, cocktail glasses and beaded bags, to a show-stopping gallery of massive, maximalist paintings. Sample message:  WORK HARD. EAT CARBS. SPEND MONEY. Amen, sister.

blog-2DJ Lucy Wrubel

blog-3Veuve Clicquot | Macarons by We the Birds

blog-4Karen Bivins & Rob Dailey |David Howard, Lindsey Carneal-Howard, Ree & Jason Willaford | Bill Saplicki & Brenda Meloy

blog-5Joseph Steffen, Ashley Longshore & Dan Rodriguez

blog-6Frank & Marisa Howard | Shannon Durst, Yola Risser & Erin Waks | Eric & Katherine Reeves

blog-8Michelle Sereno, Reed Robertson & Lamar Brittany Allan

blog-9Ashley Longshore bedazzled Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam

blog-10Laura Naylor, Phillip Cottone & Jonathan Merla

 

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