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VRMA Events

May 9th, 2024

Night at the Museum with Magos Herrera

We were thrilled to collaborate with the Victoria Fine Arts Association to host a live performance by the award-winning Mexican jazz singer and songwriter, Magos Herrera. Accompanied by the talented guitarist Vinicius Gomes, Herrera’s captivating vocals and Gomes’ soulful melodies filled our gallery, creating a magical evening that celebrated the intersection of art and music in our community. We were honored to be the chosen venue for this exceptional event and look forward to the opportunity for future collaborations with VFAA to bring more incredible performances to our community!

March 28th, 2024

DOUBLE EXHIBIT Member Preview Event: "ADMIRATION" by Greg Reuter & "Unfolding" by Tracey Waldroup

The Member Preview Event & Patron Party for the current double exhibits, "ADMIRATION" by sculptor Greg Reuter and "Unfolding" by painter Tracey Waldroup, proved to be yet another extraordinary evening at the Nave, as Reuter's other-worldly sculptures and Waldroup's rainbow-like acrylic and silicone paintings established two distinct ambiances in each gallery, both enchanting and thought-provoking in their own unique way. The gracious Patron Party hosts, Dr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Nina DiLeo, provided an exceptional location in their lovingly-maintained historic home, complemented by the delectable catering by Ryan Ybarbo, showcasing the hospitality of our members and the professionalism of our service providers, leaving us eagerly awaiting the next Member Preview & Patron Party on Thursday, June 6th!

January 25th, 2024

Member Preview Event: "The Peacemakers" & "Trailheads": Works by Felice House and Dana Younger

We are immensely thankful for the enthusiastic participation at the exhibit preview event featuring the remarkable works of Felice House & Dana Younger. The wonderful turnout truly celebrated the artists' craft, for which they expressed deep gratitude. We'd like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our exhibit sponsors, Kathy and Brent Smolik and Leah and Luke Smolik. Their generous support plays a pivotal role in our programming and organizational efforts, enabling us to host such exciting exhibits. Our gratitude also extends to our Patron Party hosts, LuAnn and T. Michael O’Connor, whose gracious hospitality and welcoming home added warmth to the evening’s event.

November 16th, 2023

Member Preview Event: "Gardens & Glass" by Jayne Duryea

The opening night preview event for artist Jayne Duryea’s exhibit, “Gardens & Glass: Highlights of The Duryea Museum & The Duryea Gallery Artist-in-Residence Program" was a wonderful night! It was such a treat to hear Jayne speak about her exhibit and to meet two of her program artists, Natasha Kanevski and Matthew Diaz, whose art is also on display in the back gallery. We would like to thank our Patron Party hosts—Mr. John Moraida & Mr. Joseph Baugh— for graciously holding such a beautiful event at their lovely home.

September 30, 2023

Wine-Tasting at the Nave Fundraiser Event with Brendan Owens

The Nave’s first attempt at a smaller, more intimate fundraiser gathering was by all accounts a great success! A total of 25 attendees were present to enjoy guest wine expert Brendan Owens’ informative and entertaining education on five “Bold Reds from Around the World” and accompanying heavy hors d’oeuvres while placing silent auction bids for five donated artwork pieces.
We are immensely grateful for the contributions toward our organization by Linda LaMantia, Dr. Mary Lasater, the late Charles Schorre, Christopher Tupa, and Ernesto Leon. We also thank The O'Connor & Hewitt Foundation for their incredibly generous donation of the OneCause fundraiser software used at the event. We are grateful for this technology and it allowed us to test out the silent auction text-to-bid feature that will be instrumental in our upcoming annual fundraiser event, Polo at McFaddin, on Saturday, April 6th, 2024. If Polo runs as smoothly as this fundraising event did, we are guaranteed to have a great experience raising money for our organization next Spring!
Lastly, we would like to thank the event sponsors, Mrs. Kathy & Mr. Brent Smolik- this event wouldn’t have been possible without your support! To everyone who made this event a success, your contributions will make a significant impact and we are truly grateful.

September 7th, 2023

Member Preview Event: "Images of South Texas" by Linda LaMantia

To say our member preview event for the current exhibit, "Images of South Texas" by artist Linda LaMantia was a success is an understatement! The turnout was awesome, the art wonderful, and a fantastic time was had by all in attendance! Many thanks to our paint sponsor Sherwin-Williams Paint Store of Victoria for the fresh coat of paint in the main gallery and a whole new dramatic make-over for our middle gallery of Royston Nave Landscapes! And an extra huge thank you to our exhibit sponsor Toyota of Victoria and after party hosts Mrs. Annie & Mr. Casey Cullen for supporting this lovely exhibition and helping the Nave bring artists to the Crossroads!

Membership at the Nave has several benefits, including (but not limited to) exclusive early access to our exhibits and invitations to preview after parties with catering and adult beverages. These events are a great way to get out, entertain a guest or two, and show support for fine arts and the talented artists the Nave brings to the Crossroads and provides to the community at NO charge! We would love to have you at our next member preview on Thursday, November 16 for artist Jayne Duryea’s blown glass exhibit!

August 19th, 2023

Elizabeth Payne Exhibit Wrap Party

The Wrap Party for Elizabeth Payne’s exhibit was such fun! For only hosting this event once before, we had a WONDERFUL turnout! Thank you to all the members who braved the sweltering heat to show support for our newest event, we look forward to seeing it grow even larger in the future!

June 30th, 2023

Member Preview Event: "Elizabeth Payne - Country and City - Paintings" also featuring Christopher Tupa's "Sketching Victoria"

Excellent turnout for the current exhibit members-only opening night preview event! Hosted every Thursday at the Nave before Friday opening day of exhibit. Become a member here to join! 

June 10th, 2023

Ernesto Leon Exhibit Wrap Party

Our first Exhibit Wrap Party is in the books and we must say... for a first time event, it was a success! It was a wonderful way to conclude Ernesto Leon's fantastic exhibit and a great opportunity to meet new art-lovers and show them an event similar to our Member-Only Preview Party at the opening of each exhibit. Check out some of these great shots captured and shared with us by Ernesto and come out for our next Exhibit Wrap Party for artist Elizabeth Payne's exhibit, "Elizabeth Payne - Country and City - Paintings" on Saturday August 19th! 

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