Amy Scherzer's Diary

Published May 18, 2007

As promised, participants left Tampa Museum of Art with a wonderful painting, sculpture or photograph on Saturday, and had fun in the process.

From Our Wall to Your Wall worked like this: Nearly 80 people paid $500, drew a number and listened for Tampa creative arts manager Paul Wilborn to call them up, five at a time. They had two minutes to choose from 90-plus donated artworks.

But first, Sara Richter offered to sell her No. 11. Sold to Betty Castor and Sam Bell for $1, 500. Then Gail Levine sold her No. 6. to Lisette and Frank Shields for $2, 000.

But wait. Seconds before the starting whistle, the Shields bought John and Chris Phillips' No. 1 for $1, 000 and nabbed a Robert Rauschenberg photogravure. Bumped down to No. 6, the Phillipses managed to nab the second Rauschenberg photogravure, plus made $500 on the deal.

Debra Williams and fianc Gary McDaniel drew No. 2 and got the Alexander Calder lithograph. Mart and founding museum board member John Pieper chose a Bruce Marsh oil painting and promptly donated it to the museum collection.

Live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and renderings of the new facility entertained guests awaiting their pick. Auctioning a Theo Wujcik oil painting for $10, 000 helped chairwoman Molly James net $44, 000.

Martinis and mixed media by 50 female artists drew a lively crowd downtown to Sunday in the Arts, the annual art sale hosted by members of Las Damas de Arte to fund art scholarships.

Artwork filled a three-story building with a rooftop patio on Florida Avenue on May 6.

Realtor Abby Dohring was happy to donate the former law firm offices for the ladies to showcase Laura Lindemann's sunny daisy paintings; Joan Allyn's painted canes, Barbara Garrett's ceramic totem poles and much more. Jazz by Denise Moore, Michael Ross and others kept the mood lively.


Studio TGH

That might have been your doctor in the leisure suit or go-go boots, dancing beneath a dazzling disco ball at Tampa General Hospital Foundation's Studio TGH on Saturday.

The takeoff on New York's Studio 54 was the 10th Moments in Time gala, the third chaired by board member McIver Berner and the most successful yet, netting $250, 000 for the hospital's Fund for the Future.

Patrons of $1, 500-and-up started with cocktails at the University Club, then grooved over to join the rest of the 575 guests in the Hyatt Regency Tampa ballroom. One of the original Studio 54 deejays spun BeeGees, ABBA and Donna Summers, stopping only for Dave McKay and Robin Guess to raise $20, 600 hawking seven auction items.

Surgeons in psychedelic bell bottoms and developers reliving their youth in wild wigs were barely recognizable.

Lots of women found vintage disco dresses in the back of their closet. When they weren't dancing, partiers sprawled on sofas, gambled at casino tables and munched shrimp and lobster corn dogs, hamburgers and fries and decorated Belgian waffles.

In the crowd: Ruskin starlet Willa Ford, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in an new biopic.

Crab claw salad in martini glasses and mojitos set a tropical taste to Silverspoons & Sandcastles, the May 4 benefit for the Mayor's Beautification Program.

Organizers doubled last year's silent auction proceeds to $140, 000, filling the Port Authority's Cruise Terminal No. 3 with options ranging from magnolia trees to eyelashes extensions.

Artists painted wine buckets, bird houses and rain barrels, like Terry Klaaren's featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning logo and autographs by all the players.

Mayor Pam Iorio missed her party due to "city business, " but event chair Patrick Harrison and honorary chair Ron Campbell of the Lightning ably fulfilled her hosting duties.



Today: It's in the Genes gala benefits Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE); 7 p.m.; Florida Aquarium; $100 adults; $30 children 13 and under; (727) 871-0366.

Saturday: Barnyard Boogie, Cattle Barons' Ball benefits American Cancer Society; 7 p.m.; Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal No. 3; $350; 254-3630.

Saturday: The Lion King, eighth annual Storybook Ball benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $300; 258-6430.

Saturday: Florida Aquarium's sixth annual Sea Grapes wine tasting; ages 21 and up; 7 p.m., $65 members; $75 nonmembers; VIP $125; 273-4568.

Sunday: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Concert supports literacy efforts in rural and tribal India, 5 p.m., India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; $25 for adults, $15 for children; 962-4172.