By Maggie McCauley | Photographs by Catherine Palladino

Who: 144 guests, including Judith H. O’Toole, Barbara Jones, Ellen Swank, museum volunteers, and co-chairs Michel Franklin and Sally Loughran

What: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s volunteer group, The Committee for The Westmoreland, presented a cocktail party called Art as Fashion. Costume design and technology students from Seton Hill University’s Theater & Dance Program created fashions inspired by works in the museum’s collection, and guests voted on their top three favorites. The four winners — there was a tie for third place! — received a gift basket from the museum, and all proceeds benefited the museum’s exhibition and education programs.

Where: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Highlights: Guests enjoyed appetizers and light bites from Sun Dawg Café, as well as music by Joshua Ben Quartet. There was also the opportunity to view the new exhibit, When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection. Larrimor’s, Carabella, and a variety of local pop-up vendors also presented products for guests to peruse. — M.M.

“It was wonderful to see such a great turnout for this new event presented by our dedicated volunteer group, The Committee for The Westmoreland. One guest really summed up the evening well in saying, ‘When else could I have the opportunity to spend time with my friends, enjoying the museum, great shopping, and a glass of wine all together at one event?’” — Claire Ertl, director of marketing and public relations, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

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