Blue Star Red Dot 2014. Photo by Page Graham.

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum was definitely the place to be Wednesday night for their annual Blue Star Red Dot party. This art sale has earned a reputation over the years as an opportunity to see some great art, have a lot of fun, and contribute to a good cause — the ongoing operation of Blue Star.

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Janet Sweeny, Gary Sweeney, Leland Stone, Suhail Arastu, and many others enjoy spirited conversation at Blue Star Red Dot. Photo by Page Graham.

In addition to established artists like this year’s Honorary Artist, Gary Sweeney, we also saw a number of works by emerging artists and students from the Blue Star’s MOSAIC program. There were a number of red dots – indicating sales in the art world – in evidence everywhere you looked. New this year, there was an opportunity to purchase works online in advance of the event as well as a preview party that gave collectors and other VIPs first crack at getting a great piece of art.

There were more than a few disappointments when folks lamented not getting to the party just a bit earlier. That’s the way it goes with love and art: there is always the one that got away. The good news: combined artist proceeds from the evening neared $45,000, according to Blue Star’s marketing and program manager, Elizabeth Lyons.

Blue Star Red Dot co-chair Sara Jessop, who also serves on the executive board as secretary, has been involved with Blue Star since 2010. It is somewhat of a family affair for her since her mother had also served on the board. Serving on boards and chairing events are time consuming endeavors. I asked why she does it.

“To be a part of continuing that cause of giving artists a platform to express themselves is why I happily say yes. Art isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as far as interest, but there is something for everyone’s taste at Blue Star. It’s very cool when someone comes in who thinks they don’t like contemporary art then see a Lloyd Walsh (a perennial favorite here in San Antonio) and fall in love,” she said.

Mary Heathcott talks with a patron at Blue Star Red Dot. Photo by Page Graham.
Mary Heathcott talks with a patron at Blue Star Red Dot. Photo by Page Graham.

It was a fascinating evening all around. Mary Heathcott and her great staff put together a first rate event and with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers, the party came off without a hitch and hit all the right notes.

“The ‘60s” was the theme of the evening. Everyone rocked fun and festive attire while Mod Modern provided the period furnishings, transforming the cocktail party with a stylish retro vibe. Beautiful setting, beautiful people, great conversations, and it was all about the art. What more can you ask?

Sara Jessop said it well, “I know some people think it’s just another party, but that party can change someone’s life. Whether it’s selling a piece of their work, gaining new perspective from art or even a conversation, or becoming a supporter of the arts.”

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Tami Kegley

Tami Kegley has lived the life of an artist. Through multiple careers — dancer, percussionist, performance artist, sculptor, goldsmith, gallerist — she has pursued her need to create. The Great Recession...