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Palette to Palate a Major Success

 Local resident Mark Porterfield, right, and guests start the revelry at their table.

Local resident Mark Porterfield, right, and guests start the revelry at their table.

Laguna Art Museum’s 2013 Palette to Palate fundraiser, which took place at the museum earlier this month, raised $190,000, 25 percent more than a year ago. The museum expects to net $125,000 for its education and exhibition programs.

Now in its eighth year, Palette to Palate saw the museum transformed by the culinary talents of Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, pours by Copain Wines from Healdsberg and the work of 10 artists.

Participating artists were Joshua Dildine, Anthony Foo, Danny Heller, Kiel Johnson, Todd Kenyon, David Kiddie, Mary-Austin Klein, Christopher Martin, Chris Richter, and Brittany M. Ryan. Each artist joined guests for dinner at the table they created, with all of their work available for purchase.

Guests Hanna Skjonsby and Nancy Fry enjoying the museum’s galleries.

Guests Hanna Skjonsby and Nancy Fry enjoying the museum’s galleries.

The evening featured a cocktail hour and a live auction. Museum organizers included Peter Blake, Chuck Fry, Sue Greenwood, Sheldon Harte, Robert Hayden III, Bob Hayes, Patricia Houston, Jon Madison, Elyse Caraco Miller, Laura Rohl, Jennifer Segerstrom, Marnie Wall, and Sarah Strozza.

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