Keith Richards and Patti Hansen chair Silvermine anniversary gala

Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan held its 90th anniversary benefit and gala, Paint it Black, on Saturday May 5. Westonites Patti Hansen and Keith Richards were the honorary chairmen, strong supporters of Silvermine’s outreach and scholarship programs.

The guests arrived in “creative black tie,” entering through the Sculpture Gardens to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the galleries, featuring the artwork of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

Guests were then led into the dining tent where they enjoyed a sit down Caribbean meal provided by Festivities, dancing to a reggae band and music provided by DJ Alexandra Richards, and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Carolyn Kepcher, a judge from the first season of TV show The Apprentice.

Auction items included the Richards’ beach front home in Turks and Caicos, and 2013 tickets to the Kentucky Derby and the Masters Golf Tournament. The original drawing for the program cover, by Keith Richards, sold for $23,000.

The benefit was a great success, netting more than $200,000, with the proceeds going directly to the arts center’s outreach and scholarship programs.

“90 years as an artist founded and led organization is truly worth celebrating” said executive director Leslee Asch. “We are very grateful to our honorary chairs, Patti Hansen and Keith Richards, the gala committee and our sponsors for making this event one to be remembered.”

The Gala Committee for this anniversary celebration included Chairman Carol Perry, Michele Marsh, Roger Mudre and Leslie Giuliani, all from Weston.

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