My friends and I appreciate many beautiful and creative things, including art, poetry, architecture, music and fashion. An opportunity to join a nationally renowned Artist Icon for a Luxury Champagne Fundraiser sounded like a perfect evening. So we crossed the bridge to a charming waterfront center in downtown St. Petersburg.
T.W. Curtis is a versatile and passionate artist whose works have secured him a place in Who’s Who in American Art. He also generously supports many charities, and tonight’s event and silent auction will direct proceeds to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy Foundation.
I was looking forward to meeting T.W.,who had recently been gravely ill and was celebrating his recovery and return to the art world. I was also looking forward to exhibiting my own personal expression of creativity – the wearing of a hat! It was a simple black straw with a cluster of bright but earthy-toned flowers. I wore it low and angled. My outfit was a long straight black skirt, a black sleeveless top, a black & silver belt and a flouncy short sleeved black shrug. I felt Bohemian chic.
The room was lively and crowded, no doubt aided by the serving of complimentary champagne and decadent hors d’oeuvres. As I perused the paintings, I thought about what makes you an artist. I do know the shade of green the lichen on my trees is. I do understand highlights, but they are in my hair. I buy expensive brushes, but I use them for make-up. I am more concerned about the color of my car than the fuel consumption. No, I’m kidding, but I do like to think that what does make me an artist is the way I select, coordinate and wear my hats!
Early on, I was introduced to Paul, a former football player for the Los Angeles Rams. I have to admit that I was flattered. when he implied that he was probably “before my time”. If he only knew – I was a Joe Namath fan! I was then pulled into a conversation with three ladies who admired my hat. They all insisted that they too wore hats, but not very often. I think I left them with the desire to re-think this behavior.
I am always looking for the four F’s of fashion – fabric, flowers, feathers and fur. I bumped into Barbara who wore a large, gorgeous, feathered flower pin. Ah, a kindred spirit. Next, I coveted a fabulous shrug worn by Nancy. She had designed it herself using sheer fabric, ostrich feathers and copper strings – a unique combination.
By this time, I had cornered T.W. Curtis for a picture before the silent auction results were announced. Meanwhile, the champagne had run out and the wine tastings were in teeny weeny cups. A pow-wow with my friends was in order. We formulated a plan and soon were enjoying full glasses of wine. We are very resourceful!
As we prepared to leave the venue, I gathered up two male hat admirers for a final photo. I had met so many creative people this evening – designers, artists, photographers – it was exciting.
Francis Bacon said “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse”. By this definition, you can be a work of art – especially when wearing a hat!