‘Alice in Westonland’

It wasn’t just Alice’s night, it was Alice’s day  – with Mayor John Cranley proclaiming May 6, 2016, as Alice F. Weston Day and the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery throwing a party that night.

“Alice in Westonland” celebrated both Alice Weston and the gallery’s 20th anniversary. The event attracted more than 200 well-wishers and raised $55,000 for gallery programming.

The black-tie affair recognized Weston’s life in the arts as a creator (she is an exhibited photographer both artistically and commercially); a collaborator (she worked with several conductors, composers and dancers to produce multimedia works); a friend of many famous artists; and a supporter of Cincinnati arts organizations through years of generous financial gifts with her late husband, Harris.

Speakers included Dudley Taft, board chair of the Cincinnati Arts Association; Dennis Barrie, director of the Contemporary Arts Center during the Mapplethorpe controversy when Weston served on the CAC board; and Charles Desmarais, director of the CAC during the worldwide search for an architect for the new CAC building.

Committee members for “Alice in Westonland” included Helen Heekin, Toni LaBoiteaux, Sue Ann Painter and Sara M. Vance Waddell.

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