A sold-out crowd of elegant art aficionados gathered for the San Jose Museum of Art’s Wonder Ball 2018, co-chaired by Nicolette St. Angel and Robert Lindo. Guests enjoyed a lovely outdoor dinner and auction held under the Circle of Palms. Cocktails flowed, with no shortage of live music and dancing at the gala after-party held inside the museum.
Guests bid on truly unique works from artists around the country and globe, from the stunning Untitled (Sienna House), 2001 by Tijuana-born visual artist Salomón Huerta, to the provocative Untitled (8 Bars), 2016 from Jakarta-born Freddy Chandra.
The auction featured a large selection of works from Bay Area artists, including the likes of the late SF-based painter Joan Brown (1938-1990), Oakland-based Monica Lundy and SF-based Katherine Vetne. Guests more inclined to natural beauty bid on a one-week Vancouver adventure. The event also hosted a Fund-A-Need campaign for supporters with no more space on their walls for a new piece or time in their schedule for a week-long vacation.
The glitzy event honored beloved benefactors Toby and Barry Fernald and artist Hung Liu with a standing ovation from the crowd for their contributions to Bay Area art and culture. The Fernalds are Northern California natives and longtime supporters of the San Jose Museum of Art. Their efforts have been crucial to the success of the museum’s Let’s Look at Art and Art in the Dark programs. Liu’s lush style of work has made her one of the most respected and recognized artists in the museum’s collection, winning her the coveted inaugural artist award for 2018. The museum considers her one of the most important working figures in the Bay Area art community today.
The event raised a total of 18 percent of museum’s yearly revenue for future exhibitions and art education. The funds will support public programming that serves more than 100,000 individuals throughout the Silicon Valley and San Jose areas.