The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held their opening benefit cocktail, shopping, and awards dinner evening kicking off their nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. This is their annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Honored with the LOOT Awards were jewelry designer and philanthropist Adria de Haume and jewelry and fashion designer Josie Natori, as well as the presentation of the LOOT Acquisition Prize.
The evening started with a cocktail reception at the MAD exhibit to meet the artists and to also preview and purchase these one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Benefit guests received first access to LOOT shopping.
Guests attending included, Mickey Ateyeh, Marika and Neil Bender, Young Yang Chung, Audrey Cohen, as well as, MAD chairman Michele Cohen, Isabelle Harnoncourt Feigen, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Joan and George Hornig, Jacqui Lividini, Marsy Mittlemann, Barbara de Portago, Robi Queen, Peter and Barbara Regna, Tom Roush, MAD Director Chris Scoates, Allyson Tang, chair Emeritus Barbara Tober and her husband Donald Tober, Kay Unger, Harriet Weintraub and Lynn Yaeger.
After cocktails guests were escorted upstairs to MAD’s Robert Restaurant for a scrumptious meal of Scottish Salmon and decadent desserts and a short program. New director Chris Scoates welcomes guests and expressed his excitement for his first LOOT. Joan Hornig, herself a former LOOT honoree, graciously introduced her longtime friend and 2019 honoree Adria de Haume. Adria expressed her gratitude in her speech that proclaimed, “Art is the answer to so much that is wrong in the world right now.” Chair Emeritus Barbara Tober took the stage to express her admiration and praise for Josi Natori who answered in a typically short speech, “I am lucky after four decades that I am doing what I love, art.” Marsy Mittlemann announces the winners of the Acquisition Prize, Mariko Kusumoto and Joo Hyung Park. A special thank you went out to sponsor Paolo Costagli who helped make LOOT possible.
The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit Host Committee comprises Susan Ach, Iris Apfel, Davina Benshetrit, Caroline Blackman, Noreen Buckfire, Marian C. Burke, Kathy Chazen, Michele Cohen, Paolo Costagli, Stacy Creamer, Emily Cutler, Marcia Docter, Patti Dweck, Beth Farber, Sandy Grotta, Joon Han, Jan Huling, Barbara Jacobs, Ann Kaplan, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Jane Koryn, Laura Kruger, Luisa LaViola, Bonnie Levine, Pam Levine, Tina Livanos, Jackie Martin, Stacey Mayrock, Ella McHugh, Robert Lee Morris, Edie Nadler, Michelle Perr, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin, Barbara Regna, Heidi Rigney, Deborah Roberts, Lela Rose, Jill Ryan, Bette Saltzman, Gail Shields-Miller, Angela Sun, Ted Taylor, Barbara Tober, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Kay Unger, Barbara Waldman, Janet Winter, Marcia Celis Wirth, Pamela Workman, Jan Wysocki, and Lynn Yaeger.