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June 5, 2007

Art lovers raise glasses- and scholarship funds-in Napa

Photos by, John McJunkin

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Friends of Napa’s Oxbow School, including founders Ann Hatch and Robert
and Margrit Mondavi, raised $245,000 for scholarships at a gala dinner
June 2.

The eight-year-old school’s annual “Celebration of an Artful Life” honored
Oxbow trustee Christopher Brown, an acclaimed painter and printmaker
living in the Bay Area.

Brown’s “Little Blue Run” was the top money-maker at the dinner’s live
auction, gaveled by celebrity auctioneer Fritz Hatton. Howard and Mary
Lester of San Francisco bid $38,000 for Brown’s 30-inch-square pastel on

The money raised at Saturday’s dinner will help high school juniors and
seniors with a passion for fine arts to afford the $18,500 tuition for the
school’s intensive, 16-week residential program. Out of the 484 young
artists who have attended Oxbow’s 16 semesters to date, fewer than 200
have paid the full fare.

“There is no greater joy than saying yes to a student who’s the perfect
fit for Oxbow,” event chair Christy Palmisano told a crowd that included
both Wine Country notables and prominent San Franciscans.
The light-yet-lavish meal, served al fresco on Oxbow’s riverside campus,
was catered by Jennifer Sherman and Chez Panisse with wines from
Saintsbury, and preceded by a cocktail hour with Schramsberg sparkling,
Robert Sinskey Abraxas, Hog Island oysters and other delights.

--Louisa Hufstader

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