"Under the Blue Trees: A Pop-Up Party" Surreal Eve

An Enchanting Night Under The Blue Trees

Catherine D. Anspon. Photography Alexander's Fine Portrait Design and Smilebooth.  |  Photos by Alexander's Fine Portraits and Smilebooth
November 04, 2013
Event Date:
October 03, 2013

Groves Gone Wild
It was a surreal evening under the stars in a surprising, wooded setting when a swell set of young professional public art supporters came together with senior stalwarts to raise funds for the Houston Arts Alliance and the (ahem) branch of its programming devoted to temporary public art. The perfectly enchanting setting? Aussie artist Konstantin Dimopoulos' hypnotic site-specific installation The Blue Trees, which adds a touch of the unexpected for joggers and motorists as it transforms stands of crepe myrtle along Waugh Drive rimmed by Memorial and Allen Parkway. Chair foursome Divya and Chris Brown and Kate and Will Stukenberg created the perfect pop-up party, a fête amidst the cerulean-hued arbors transformed by Dimopoulos' (and scores of volunteers') paintbrushes earlier this year. When was the last time you clinked cocktails in an azure grove and did it for a good cause? Adding to the artful and culinary nature of this inventive soirée were performances by high-voltage strings Divisi Amped and Frame Dance Productions' otherworldly numbers in the trees; bites by A La Carte Catering; shuttle rides provided by the Wave; perfect sound mixes concocted by DJ Lucy Wrubel; and Smilebooth party pics that captured all the sylvan excitement. How to top this indigo night? There's already
talk of Blue Trees Two next fall — stay tuned!

Blue Bloods Under the Blue Trees
Houston Arts Alliance CEO Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay
Collector and patroness Judy Nyquist
Dealer doyenne Barbara Davis
New gallerists to town: The Mission's Natalia Ferreyra and Evan Rottet
Audrey and Brandon Cochran
Cindy Clifford
Sarah Bray
Past HAA board chair Fabené Welch
Susie and Sanford Criner
Philamena and Arthur Baird
Ting and John Bresnahan
Jen and Steve Dolman (set to chair the Art League Houston Gala)
Francine Ballard
Kathleen and James Jennings
Peter Brown
Elin and Tommy Jackson
Jenny and Mark Johnson
Grace Rodriguez
Asia Society director John Bradshaw Jr.

What's the craziest thing you've done out of the blue?

On a whim, I flew to Portland and spent days shopping my heart out at all the kitschy independent stores in The Pearl. — John Bradshaw Jr.

I quit my job in New York and moved to the South to marry my husband, who is from New Orleans. But he¹d be the first to tell you I¹m all about the crazy. — Francine Ballard

Not being the spontaneous kind — or a cook ... I decided to invent a flavored hot coffee drink using my soon-to-be-rotten (well, overly ripe, I should say) organic blueberries that I'd paid a small fortune for. A taste disaster — but, coincidentally, blue! — Judy Nyquist

In 2006, I left on a week's notice to hike 2,200 miles across 14 states on the Appalachian Trail. The journey lasted five months and eight days and introduced me to some of the most interesting people I¹ve ever met. — Aimee Woodall

When my husband was at a Texans game last year, I painted the inside of our fireplace hot pink! — Claire Cormier Thielke