The third annual Taste of Art took over Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena on Monday night, and although host Gale Kohl worried about a smaller turnout than last year (thanks, recession!), the event was a social, artistic, culinary, alcoholic and, most importantly, fundraising success. The cost of admission covered the full bar (featuring wonderful pomegranate martinis), the wine, the food (still thinking about those crispy shrimp and the goat cheese-pesto pizza) and the music; money raised from selling the art went to the Ronald McDonald House on Pasadena Avenue, which provides a nurturing home for families whose children are at Huntington Hospital. A couple of dozen painters and photographers from the area, many of whom work for Disney, donated works for the sale, and guests were snapping up the pieces, which were bargain-priced at between $100 and $800.
We saw lots of pals there, including architect Steve Dahl and his wife, city planner Laura Dahl; Star-News editor and columnist Larry Wilson and his wife, designer Phoebe Wilson; Balanced Concepts studio owner Hana Lauterkranc; Art Alliance member and president of the East Arroyo Residents Association Joan Aarestad; Hometown Pasadenan (and event volunteer) Mel Malmberg and her husband, Imagineering honcho and contributing artist Joe Rohde; and event volunteers Kathy Mangum, Lisa Ellison and many more.