Latitude 53‘s 12th annual fundraiser, The Fine Art of Schmoozy, was fresh, fetchin’ and totally fab. The Mad Men-themed party on Dec. 4 attracted over 285 people to the contemporary-artist-run centre, many donning bowties, skinny ties, double-breasted jackets, headpieces and cat-eye glasses. Latitude 53 volunteers were decked out in mod-style glasses courtesy of The Observatory Opticians, a local eyewear store. While guests schmoozed, boozed and bid on local art donated to the silent auction, singer Krystle Dos Santos and her band performed soul songs.
“The 1960s were always about progress, rebellion and breaking conventions,” says Vicky Wong, Latitude’s development coordinator. “In Canadian art history, that spirit had culminated in the establishment of artist-run centres.” The support was strong that evening. All art auction pieces sold, helping to raise over $22,000.
Above: Sean Garritty and Jackie Lee
Above: Erik Mortimer, Kevin Brereton and Brett Miles
Above: Daniel Fakhreddine, Cara Loewen and William Halabi
Above: Krystle Dos Santos
Above: Rebecca Lesser, Andrew Mah and Tracy Hyatt
Above: Cory Montemurro and Genevieve Montemurro
Above: Liz Gomez and Vladimir Gomez
Above: Chris Roberts, Robert Harpin and Carolyn Jervis