It's no coincidence that the American Art Council's "Salute American Art" benefit at the County Museum of Art falls on George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22.
Mrs. William Carpenter chose the date. The glorious invitations, which arrived early in the week, are masterpieces themselves with George Inness's "October" on the front and John Singleton Copley's "Portrait of a Lady" on the back.
The gala, co-hosted by museum trustees, heralds the opening of the Inness retrospective at the museum--a collection of 63 landscape paintings by the 19th-Century American artist--and serves as a fund-raiser for Copley's "Portrait of a Lady," for which the museum paid in the millions. And, George Washington is remembered.
Demand for tickets is high, even with benefactors at $500 and patrons at $300. In fact, Ging Carpenter reports that two-thirds of the tickets were reserved early by sponsors. She's expecting to net $150,000.
There will be dining, dancing (to Michael Paige) and a drawing for the door prizes--a hand-colored lithograph by Pasadena artist Roger Medearis and two art-oriented trips to the East Coast, donated by Gilner Travel and Christie's.
Involved, too, are Julian Ganz Jr., trustees president; Mrs. F. Daniel Frost, sponsors chairman; Gary M. Ruttenberg, chairman of the American Art Council, and Messrs. and Mmes. Robert E. Duffy, Herbert M. Gelfand, Maurice H. Katz, Alan D. Levy, and Mmes. Jacob Y. Terner (she's co-chairman), Theodore G. Congdon, Ganz, Boyd Hight, Steven K. Jones Jr., Ernest M. Lever, Gary M. Ruttenberg, Herbert B. Sussman and Robert Bruce Tebbe.
So many are coming from out of town that before and after parties are scheduled: The Katzes will host a Friday night champagne reception; the Gelfands will entertain at the morning-after Sunday brunch. Attending from New York will be the Warren Adelsons, the Glenn C. Pecks, Stuart Feld, Richard York, Ira Spanierman and Vance Jordan, and from San Francisco, Peter Fairbanks and the John Garzolis.
A few days earlier, on Feb. 19, museum president Earl A. Powell III and the trustees join Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. for a dual reception and preview of "Masterpieces From the Shin'enkan Collection: Japanese Painting of the Edo Period," as well as the George Inness collection.
The black-tie cocktail affair is for VIPs, major donors and the President's Circle, those who give $12,500 or more annually.
It's OK for the American Heart Assn. (the Greater Los Angeles Affiliate) to be atwitter. It's palpitating because of its ninth annual Heart Ball on Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton.
Ball chairmen Jacklyn Tilley Hill and Carolyn Miller have booked Neil Sedaka (count his gold and platinum records) to perform.
The dinner is sold out, thanks to the performance of the dinner committee chairmen stalwarts--Dr. Eliot C. Corday, Richard M. Ferry and Richard J. Pearson.
Over the years, ball proceeds, which benefit heart research at UCLA and USC, have totaled more than $1 million. Last year's ball netted more than $200,000.
Adding more pizazz at this year's ball--the raffle of the Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC and the choice of a luxury cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean, Alaska or Panama. And treasures will be auctioned, live and silently. These include a 10-day stay at Peter and Pam Mullin's Scottish castle near Pitlochry (air and limo service, too), a week at Bangkok's Regent International, a day on the set of "General Hospital," a full-length mink, a catered dinner on the beach at Malibu, art, jewelry. Pitty-pat.
Mardi Gras costume is optional, but the mood to indulge in a Bourbon Street atmosphere, Dixieland music and New Orleans cuisine is essential for the Feb. 11 Mardi Gras at the Sheraton Premiere. The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley hosts the celebration.
Beth Crofoot is chairman; Mary Jane Cooper, president. The committee: Karen Sather, Penny and
John Adams, Marilyn and Gene Buchanan, Mary Jane and Andy Cooper, Terry Crofoot, Marilee and Richard Eils, Deborah and Rhio Haessig, DeAnne and Byron Hayes, Joan and Robert Thye, Gail and Jim Schiffner, Rachel and Jay Tarses, Kay and Tom Sanger, Pat and Ronald Lassy, Carolyn and Bill Kyle, Ann and Desi Heathwood.
Members of the California History Council of the California Historical Society meandered through the newly redecorated Roosevelt (named for Theodore) Hotel in Hollywood over the weekend at their big party. They viewed the balcony with its old photographs, including one of C. E. Toberman (Mr. Hollywood for years), builder of the Egyptian Theater, a founder of the Hollywood Bowl, developer of 23 subdivisions between Hollywood and Beverly Hills (including Outpost Estates), member of 49 clubs. Guests even got to the 12th floor, one-time retreat of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.