How better to welcome an exhibition of French art than with a gala featuring French wines? Voila! That was the theme of "Toast the Walters -- The 1999 Gala" at the Walters Art Gallery.
The evening began in the museum's Renaissance Sculpture court, with cocktails and preview tours of "Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet." The 503 well-attired art lovers included: event co-chairs Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Bill and Lisa Couper; Adena Testa, Walters board president; Gary Vikan, director of the Walters; Robert Feinberg and Phil English, board members; Larry Neale, retired U.S. Army colonel; Terry Morganthaler, community volunteer; Caprese Jackson Garrett, owner of Five Star Event Planning; Patrick Kerins, managing director of Grotech Capital Group; Wil Sirota, partner at Piper & Marbury; and Mike Gisriel, lobbyist.
Dinner and toasts with various French vintages followed in a clear tent on Mount Vernon square.
Glasses weren't the only thing raised at the soiree -- so was $150,000 for Walters Art Gallery programs.