The Scene | Norman Rockwell Museum: 50th-anniversary gala celebrates illustrators

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STOCKBRIDGE — The Norman Rockwell Museum hosted "A Celebration of Illustration," its 50th-anniversary gala, on June 22. In a party tent, under large hanging posters featuring images from the past 50 years of exhibitions at the museum, the evening's 200 guests tried on elaborate hats and posed in front of a blank "Saturday Evening Post" cover. Inside, guests toured the museum's current exhibition, "Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated."

Renowned illustrator Wendell Minor, the 2018-2019 Artist Laureate and trustee emeritus, was honored during the gala. His latest book, "Hi, I'm Norman," is a children's picture book about Norman Rockwell. The gala featured a silent auction, with items including a signed Norman Rockwell print, "The New American La France is Here (Firehouse)," and a painting by Trustee Robert Horvath of "Olivia's Overlook."

After a dinner catered by chef Brian Alberg of Main Street Hospitality Group, guests were treated to an extended fireworks display over the Housatonic River. A "Dessert & Dance Party," hosted by the museum's Junior Leadership Council capped off the evening with dancing and music by the Wanda Houston Band.

Among those in attendance were artists Jarvis Rockwell (son of Norman Rockwell) and Nova Rockwell; Terry Brown, the museum's collections adviser and former director of the New York Society of Illustrators; trustee David Schwartz; trustee Louise Holland; Jorja-Ann Marsden, former Stockbridge town administrator and museum trustee; David Glodt, trustee and nationally recognized television producer and Marita O'Dea Glodt, president of Barrington Stage Company's board of trustees, and Junior Leadership Council members Kristin Briggs, Sarah Williams, Taylor Williams, Jake Chang and Elisa Chang.

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