Party will honor Alice Weston

Alice WestonFriday, May 6, 6-10 p.m., Aronoff Center for the Arts

Alice Weston, founding patron of the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, will be honored at a party given by the Cincinnati Arts Association.

The event, called “Alice in Westonland,” will recognize Weston and her late husband for their two decades of support. In those 20 years, the Weston has presented more than 900 artists, designers, curators and performers throughout 200 exhibitions.

Taking inspiration from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (and Accent on Cincinnati event designer Joe Rigotti), guests will travel back in time during a cocktail hour hosted by the Mad Hatter. The Otto M. Budig Lobby will contain examples of Alice Weston’s landscape photography and crystal lightboxes. The Queen of Hearts and other characters will stroll through to start the fun.

Then the White Rabbit will lead guests into the Procter & Gamble Hall to view a film of Carl Solway interviewing Weston about her life in art and her passion for creating the gallery. The  curtain will rise, and guests will be beckoned “through the looking glass” onstage for dinner with Alice and friends. Dennis Barrie and Charles Desmarais, both former directors of the Contemporary Arts Center, will toast Weston and recount tales of their adventures with the guest of honor.

During dinner, costumed characters will entertain, and Crystal Clues to the Sublime, Weston’s production for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, animated by Lightbourne Communications, will project on the stage backdrop.

Many individuals, private foundations, corporations and government grants have underwritten the gallery over the years, but Alice and Harris Weston drove the creation and dedication of the space, as well as the initial fundraising campaign and a generous annual pledge.

Tickets are $150 and $250.

For Information: Kelly O’Donnell, 513-977-4170; Aronoff Center Ticket Office, 513-621-2787

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