The Baby Apple’s Art League’s gala celebrated its centennial year in the Galveston Convention Center Ballroom.

The SRO crowd there enjoyed dinner, raffle, silent auction, presentations and dancing to the music of Mary Smith & the Mystique. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Lyda Ann Thomas, whose grandmother Henrietta Kempner, one of the seven signers of the original bylaws on June 12, 1914, and Paul Schumann, whose grandfather was Paul R. Schumann whose art was in the league’s first exhibition.

The honorees for the middle period of the league’s history were John Hyatt, director of Rosenberg Library during the years that the league had their gallery in the library, and Eugenia Harris Campbell and Lise Darst, both of whom have been affiliated with the league for decades.

Neil Nathan was honored for the 13-year partnership between the Art League and Nathan’s clothing store, sponsor of the annual Festival of Art and Fashion, and Marion Seaman Wood, the first director of the Sunshine Training Center, was honored for being president of the league on three different times and for promoting art in the schools and among special education students.

Current leaders of the art scene in Galveston who were selected for honors were Peter Davis, for his support of public art, Susan Shirley Eckel and Clint Willour for their support of both the art league and the Galveston Art Center, Dr. Merlin McGivney for establishing the McGivney Award that honors one work of art a year in an art league juried show by purchasing it for Rosenberg Library’s permanent collection, and Gayle Reynolds, artist and private gallery owner, active participant of ArtWalk, and member of the Art League.

Essential partners honored for their support of the Art League Rosenberg Library and The Galveston County Daily News. Innovative and creative centerpieces for the tables were created by Art League members and featured wooden articulated hands that had been painted, decorated and variously posed to represent various art-related themes. More to come in Coast, tune in.

Blowout and Brow Bar

Courtney Goodbar, owner of Courtney 4 Hair, is proud to introduce the first Blowout and Brow Bar on Galveston Island.

Brush, Blush and Brows will be housed at Windmiller’s Aveda Concept Salon at 1015 26th St. Always innovative and forward-thinking, Courtney has been aware of the trendy blowout and brow bars popping up across the nation and felt it time for the Baby Apple to get one of its own.

The new phase of this business will include speedy blowouts, conditioning treatments, makeup touch ups, lash tinting, brow sculpting and design. For appointments you can contact Courtney at 409-443-4447.

Birthday shoutouts

Midsummer babies are Roland Bassett, Chris Lopez, Miriam Dell’Olio, Stephanie Sunseri Doyle, Katie Moore Brown, Jean Lynch Templeton, David Bump, Superfave Ann Anderson and Danny Hart, Divafaves all.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to or call 409-744-6540.

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