Last Saturday, May 7, Smack Mellon Gallery, the DUMBO art non-profit, held their annual party/fundraiser for Kentucky Derby Fans and art lovers. The 137th Kentucky Derby was broadcast live on big screen to a well-heeled and hatted audience. “The long-shot colt “Animal Kingdom” surprised the world.
With a ticket purchase of $250, patrons were regaled with unlimited mint juleps, a cornucopia of southern style dishes including pulled pork, and a traditional Derby favorite, bourbon-chocolate walnut pie.
All ticket purchasers bet on a horse and had their names placed in a pool of names, and if lucky and one’s horse placed in the top three, were given the opportunity to select the work of art of their choice. “But everyone leaves a winner,” said Kentuckian Rebecca Graves who organized the event.
International artists including Eve Sussman, Anthony Giocelo, Mark Dean Veca, Robert Taplin, Rona Yefman Elana Herzog and countless others were represented in the Derby show.
In true Derby style, the fans came dressed to the nines—light-colored spring suits and frocks, and all sort of decorative hats.
Kudos to Smack Mellon Gallery for their programming with inner city youths and emerging artists and their very strong commitment to show mid-career non-commercially-affiliated artists.