Being an event photographer for Byejoe spirits definitely has it’s perks. One of those perks lately was being able to attend the Space Ball Gala put on by Fresh Arts.

People often say that there is nothing to do in Houston. These folks obviously must hang in the wrong circles. This event was one of the most fun parties I have been to in H-town. People were festive and true to the theme of being from outer space. The costumes were awesome and very creative. Folks were walking around with LED lights infused in their costumes and some folks were painted so elaborately that I couldn’t see their skin.

Great job all around by all the people involved with making this happen. Hope you enjoy the photos I took covering this event. For all the photos visit byejoe.com or chron.com (Houston Chronicle).

This event was an escape from planet Earth for an intergalactic extravaganza for the arts! Hopped on the Enterprise and set our coordinates for Silver Street Studios to celebrate Fresh Arts’ impact on the Houston art community.

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Honoring:
Don Mafrige, Jr. | Rebekah Johnson | Chris Johnson | Nancy Wozny

Chairs:
Libby Cagle + Lauren Taft | Caroline Starry LeBlanc + Jared LeBlanc | Kathryn Lott Neumann + Jeff Neumann | J. Michael Soliz + Michael Pilie

Who needs commercial spaceflight? With notoriously elaborate costumes, an artsy silent auction, libations, light fare, and of course, dancing until E.T. goes home, this was one of the most fun galas of the year!

HOST COMMITTEE
Jonathan Beitler | Luba + Alan Bigman | Kristy Bradshaw | Divya + Chris Brown | Lindsey Brown | Kristen + David Buck | Jane + Robert Cabes | Estela + David Cockrell | Stephanie + Ernie Cockrell | Claudia + Roberto Contreras | Susie + Sanford Criner | Allison + Miller Crosswell | Tammy + Kelly Dowe | Jennifer + David Ducote | Farley + Steve Erikson | Marita + JB Fairbanks | Karen + Stephan Farber | Colleen Dippel + Mike Feinberg | Eleanor + Dan Gilbane | Liz + Tom Glanville | Lauren + Paul Grossbard | Shannon Hall + Marcus Sloan | Margaret + Thad Hill | Molly + Ford Hubbard | Elin + Tommy Jackson | Jenny + | Mark Johnson | Carey Kirkpatrick | Alexandra + Brady Knight | Rainey Knudson + Michael Galbreth | Sally Kolenda + Luis Elizondo-Thomson | Sheldon Kramer | George Lancaster | Erica + Benjy Levit | Allison Lott | Erin + Mike Maggi | Elisabeth + Brian McCabe McKinney | Arielle + Harry McMahan | Sarah Starry + Victor Mendoza | Misty Myrow Miller | Cabrina + Steven Owsley | Nicole + Jim Perdue | Kim-Kay + Tom Randt | Stuart Rosenberg | Gail Rubin | Jody Schmal | Bryan Scrivner | Jennie + Justin Segal | Raquel + Andrew Segal | Jeff Shell | Courtenay Siegfried | Dutch Small | Leigh + Reggie Smith | Julie Soefer | Lindsay + Matt Sturm | Mark Sullivan + Jason Reeves | Karen + Harry Susman | Amy M. Tanner + Chris Spicks | Becca Cason Thrash + John Thrash | Ann + Richard Vaughan | Emily Celeste Watts | Claudia Solis + Matthew Wettergreen | Vivian Wise | Aimee Woodall + Tyler Smith | Elizabeth + Barry Young | Katherine + Mark Yzaguirre | Kathleen + Jeff Zinn

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Starfleet Commander:
David Z. Mafrige Interests | Claudia + Roberto Contreras |
Marita + JB Fairbanks | Caroline Starry Leblanc + Jared Leblanc | Don Mafrige, Jr.

Mission Control:
Vivian Wise | Kristen + David Buck / Andrews Kurth LLP |
Frost Bank | Lauren + Paul Grossbard | Kathryn Lott Neumann + Jeff Neumann | Becca + John Thrash

Space Captain:
Harry Bowles | Susie + Sanford Criner | Tammy Dowe | Kenneth Friedan | Nancy + Don Mafrige, Sr. | Mafrige Building Company | Margaret Wilson Reckling | J. Michael Soliz + Michael Pilié | Libby Cagle + Lauren Taft | Amy Tanner + Chris Spinks | Ann + Richard Vaughan

Starship Trooper:
Farley + Steve Erikson | Eleanor + Dan Gilbane | Erica + Benjy Levit | Kim-Kay + Tom Randt | Suzanne Sklar Simons | Leigh + Reggie Smith

Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston’s arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public’s engagement with the arts.

Fresh Arts helps artists and arts organizations…
Grow: Equipping artists with the skills required to succeed in the business of art.
Thrive: Providing opportunities to generate income.
Connect: Facilitating collaboration, peer-to-peer feedback, and connections with the community at large.
Reveal: Through marketing support, collective advertising and promotional efforts, showcasing the best of the art scene…off the beaten path.

www.FreshArts.org

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