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Art in Bloom chairman Dyann Skelton, honorary chairmen Barbara and Steve Durham and Dallas Museum of Art League president Nancy Cates were joined by more than 50 Art in Bloom supporters and committee members at the “Party for the Paintings” hosted by Stanley Korshak on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m.


Partygoers mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing Stanley Korshak’s fabulous spring accessories.  On view exclusively for the event were two original works by Art in Bloom 2018 featured speaker Michael De Feo:  Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016), 2016, acrylic on two magazine pages, 14 1/4" x 20" which will be featured in the live auction, and Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L'Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017), 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches, 14 3/4" x 11 5/8", as one of the raffle prizes for one lucky winner. 


Mid-way through the festivities, Mrs. Skelton gathered the crowd and first thanked Crawford Brock, owner of Stanley Korshak, for hosting the painting preview party and for his support of the upcoming Art in Bloom.   She also announced that the works would be on view at the store through March 26.  Mr. Brock followed and extended his gratitude to all in attendance and invited them to come back to see De Feo’s works and to shop for the upcoming luncheon from the store’s designer collections.


Mrs. Skelton reminded everyone about the upcoming Art in Bloom, which will feature speaker Michael De Feo, a New York City-based artist known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy.  In addition to his numerous exhibitions in international galleries and museums around the world, he has also collaborated with fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, MILLY, La Mer and J.Crew for whom he created a line of t-shirts as well as window designs for each of J.Crew’s 280-plus store façades around the world.   


As well, Flowers – An Exhibition will return for the second year and will feature a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open on March 23 to Patron Party attendees and will be on view to all DMA visitors March 24 - 25 in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries. 


In closing, she reminded all to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win De Feo’s Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L'Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017), 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches, 14 3/4" x 11 5/8", as well as a new addition to the raffle, a unique opportunity to have International Chef Craig James come to your home and prepare a meal for eight guests. Chef Craig James will provide a quintessentially British menu showcasing his credentials in modern British cooking and his impressive background with English Chefs, wine is also included.  Raffle Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.


In attendance at the Art in Bloom “Party for the Paintings” were Art in Bloom 2018 chairman Dyann Skelton and John Skelton, honorary co-chairman Barbara and Steve Durham, Crawford Brock, Nancy Cates, DMA League president, Pat McDonough, Jill Goldberg, Sarah Jo Hardin, Carol Resnick, Elaine Raffel, Martha Leonard, Mignon and Stuart Jones, Terry Irby and Clayton Irby, Emily Maduro, Pat Pace, Suzanne Guthrie, Susan Fisk, Patra Fazel, Jolie Humphrey, Mary Lee Broder, Suzanne Caruso, Eleanor Casey and Susan Center.


Art in Bloom: Power of Flowers will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Museum at 10:00 a.m.  Highlights will include a reception, presentation by Michael De Feo, seated luncheon, and silent and live auctions. For more information, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at

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