Remember how Jennifer and Doug Houser skipped out early from the Heroes For Children event at Jimmy Choo in the early post? That’s because they had to head north to Anne and Steve Stodghills’ in Preston Hollow. The Stodghills were hosting “A Conversation with the Curator” for the Meadows Museum.
But the conversation with Meadows Museum’s Linda P. and William A. Custard Director Mark Roglán was brief, since the crowd was focused on meeting, greeting and catching up. He told them about the Meadows having the “finest collection of Spanish art in the U.S.” From the staircase, Mark, Anne and Meadows Museum’s Stacey McCord told of plans to get involved the younger art loving set in the Meadows. The Stodghills will chair the newly created John Alexander Membership Society (JAMS). It’s all a part of the Meadows 50th anniversary celebration. Named after SMU grad John Alexander, it’s a year-long membership including invitations for special members parties in connection with the 2015-2016 exhibitions — John Alexander (March 22-June 28, 2015), Abello Collection ( April 18-August 2, 2015) and Treasures from the House of Alba (September 4, 2015-January 3, 2016).
Anne, who speaks her mind, told the crowd, “Arts groups can be really clique-y. This one’s not gonna be clique-y.” Then she added with a twinkle in her eye, “Unless we create our own clique. Let’s do it!” Laughter from all followed.
When asked about the age range of the society, Anne replied, “From 21 to 105.”
And the Meadows folks had better watch out. Lady Stodgie has her eye on rebranding the magnificent Jones Great Hall at the Meadows as “The Party Room.”
BTW, Anne and Steve are longtime buds with Alexander and have one of his paintings in the primo spot of honor in their living room.
Snapshots: Jolie Humphrey admitted that she was one of the last to leave the dance floor on Saturday night at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Ball… Debra Nelson and Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert were finalizing arrangements on her winning the Dallas Uncorked auction package of VIP passes to the Dallas International Film Festival… Both Stodghills admitted that January had been a long tough month for them. Steve’s sister, Sheri Stodghill Parks had died after battling cancer. The Stodghills’ yellow Labrador Zeus had died. Anne’s mother in California had been in ICU with pneumonia. When Anne’s mom was taken off the ventilator, Anne was surprised to hear that her mother was busy with “yoga.” Come again. Oops, she heard them wrong. Her mother was busy having “yogurt.”… Nancy Gopez was still flying high over North Texas Food Bank’s being selected as a 2015 Crystal Charity Ball beneficiary… April Box Chamberlain was being given a tour of Stodghill manor courtesy of the builder, her husband John. Last seen they were on their way to the “Bat Cave.”