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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Cheers for Quantum of Solstice; Hot Art, Cool Crowd exhibit

Hot Art, Cool Crowd at MTC gallery

The range of artistic styles on display impressed at Hot Art, Cool Crowd, an exhibition of work by MacDonald Training Center artists and VSA Florida participants at the MTC Fine Arts Gallery. Sales were brisk at the preview party June 6, "more than $3,000," said development director Rita Hattab. "Three paintings sold before we even opened the doors." Artists receive 55 percent and the rest goes to replenish supplies.

Enthusiastic guests sipped Time for Wine vintages, munched wraps and cookies from Whole Foods and popped into Calvin Roe’s photo booth at the gallery built by the Westshore Alliance Leadership, Class of 2011. Cheryl Worsham represented the arts councils of Hillsborough County and Plant City.

Three times a year, gallery parties showcase the talents of 90 adults with disabilities who study masterwork and visit museums with arts instructor Jan Radovan. Some come daily, some take classes between job training sessions. Stop by weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to see this vibrant show of cityscapes, portraits, abstracts and more — all for sale — at 5420 W Cypress St.

Quantum of Solstice Bash

James Bond would make an ideal member of the Rotary Club of Tampa. Agent 007 shares their community spirit and he certainly would have enjoyed the Quantum of Solstice Bash on Saturday. Fashionable Rotarians — tuxedoed young startups and seasoned CEOs like former Mayor Bill Poe Sr. — spied martinis and Dazzle's-catered brisket and grits buffet at the Vault in downtown Tampa. Dough's desserts added more eye candy. Energy diva Susan Glickman smuggled in her own espresso martini. Soon as the rain let up, a cigar lounge tent on Franklin Street filled up, hosted by Eric and Lyris Newman of J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

With the motto, "Service Above Self," the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation supports too many charities to name here, "but all affect the quality of life in every part of the world, from Tampa to Rwanda to the Dominican Republic," said bash chairwoman Amie Devero. Those efforts got a boost from silent and live auction bids including Paresh Patel's $6,200 for the James Bond secret hideaway Europe trip. The Newmans and Wayne and Ann Marie Critcher bid $500 for a patio party at Love's Artifacts bar and grill. The Critchers also bid $775 for an onyx and silver pendant donated by Magnon Jewelers.

Not-so-secret agent Jonathan Moore, the club secretary (and no doubt a distant cousin of iconic Bond actor Roger Moore), reminded business leaders they are welcome to join the club for lunch at noon Tuesdays at the Glazer Children's Museum. Of the 20 Rotary clubs in the area, he said, the Tampa club is the largest and oldest — 99 years — and gives the best parties. Next year: the Centennial Bash.

Events

June 23: 9th annual Krewe of Zingaro's Uncork the Cure benefits Pediatric Cancer Research, 4-7 p.m.; $50; Tampa Club; uncorkthe

cure.com.

June 30: 21st annual Gourmet Gents "A Culinary Fanfare" benefits National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Tampa Bay chapter; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $35, adults; $15, children; (813) 988-4095.

July 20: Martinis for Moffitt benefits collaboration to fight advanced prostate cancer; 7 p.m.; Straz Center; $100; bayarea

advisors.org.

Note to readers

Amy Scherzer's Diary will resume in the fall, when the weather permits dressing up and dancing for your favorite charities.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Cheers for Quantum of Solstice; Hot Art, Cool Crowd exhibit 06/13/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:23pm]
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