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Timken Holiday Party 'Plein D'Art' and 'Plein Festive!'


The Timken Gala Party is one of the festive treats of the holiday season drawing a very nice crowd of San Diego art patrons amidst a backdrop of the Timken's incredible Putnam Collection.

Timken Museum of Art's Director John Wilson explains it best. "The Timken's annual Holiday Party has been the best way to greet the season for almost 25 years. Phemie Davis was an outstanding chair of the event and we're so grateful to her for organizing an extraordinary party. The endowment of the Putnam Foundation (the parent of the Timken Museum of Art) exists to provide great works of art to the public for free. Everything else we do through the generosity of our friends and benefactors. The Timken Holiday Party is one way we thank these magnificent friends."

And what a way to celebrate amidst the Timken Collection's of European paintings, Western art, and San Diego's only painting by the great Dutch Artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn aka Rembrandt to most of us.

Among the black tie and festively dressed crowd inspired by the theme's Bartolomeo Veneto’s Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress were Ann Jones, Kathryn Colachis, Maggi Crowell, Ellen and Tim Zinn, and Leslie and Gary Meads.

Guests enjoyed tantalizing Italian inspired fare by Giuseppe Fine Catering. Mouth watering bites of Cabernet poached seckle pear pizetta, antipasti choices, and a salmon layered pasta were de rigeur for the custom designed menu by Larry Rinehart of Giuseppe's. Sparkling Prosecco was a choice drink. The desserts were amaretti cookies.

The Bunnell Strings played festive fare throughout the evening as guests talked of the upcoming contemporary video portraits exhibit by Robert Wilson featuring Robert Downey, Jr. among others.

Another future exhibit (2012?) at the Timken Museum might possibly be the Parthenon drawings (metopes and more!) by Professor Katherine Schwab.... and yes she is a relation! .... my sister!


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David Copley with Timken Museum of Art Director John Wilson


Gary and Leslie Meads

Floral Display in the Timken Museum Foyer

David Lang, Executive Director of
the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, and Andy Cu-Unjieng

John and Annasue Wilson

The Antipasti fare by Giuseppe's Fine Catering

Maurice Kawashima and Pamela Hartwell

Ann Jones with Fred and Christine Stalder

Kima the Service Dog getting photographed

Cathy Sang, Director of Development, and Rob Sidner, Executive
Director, Mingei International Museum

Paul Mosher and Jene Johnson with Kima

Andrew Shelton with Margo Schwab, David Copley and Kima

Paul Hobson and Victoria Hamilton

Tim Zinn

Maggi Crowell ** Ruth Stanton

Tim Zinn with Annasue and John Wilson

Tim Zinn with Annasue and John Wilson

Viviana and Chuck Polinsky

Andrew Shelton with David Copley, Scott Johnston and Kima

Janet Sutter with Leslie Meads and Nancy and Laurie Hawkins

Dr. Emad Zawaideh and May Zawaideh

Andrew Shelton with David Copley, Victoria Hamilton and Paul Hobson

David Copley with John and Annasue Wilson

Music by The Bunnell Strings

Scott Johnston, Margo Schwab and Kima!

Festive Cheers - John Wilson with Roxana Velaquez and Tom Gildred


Tom Gildred with Roxana Velaquez of SDMA

David Lang, Andy Cu-Unjieng, Arthur Collingsworth and Brian Simmons

To learn more about the Timken Museum of Art, its exhibitions and events, please visit www.timkenmuseum.org

To visit previous events, please click on:

Timken Art of Fashion 2010

Timken Evening with Rembrandt 2010

Timken Christmas 2009

Timken Art of Fashion 2009

Timken 2008

reported by Margo Schwab

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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego County, Country Friends, the San Diego American Heart Association, and the San Diego Humane Society.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are new members of the University Club.. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are also credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.



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