By Abby Dudley
Photography: Lindsay Dill

Providing an exclusive evening of beautiful art, “At First Glance” – A Preview Party and Sale offered a spectacular one-night-only viewing of pieces by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. VIP guests enjoyed a rooftop cocktail hour with Jury Prize-winning artists and donors before joining the main event, where hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served before a strolling dinner. Almost 300 guests, including artists, connoisseurs, and spectators alike, gathered in the hotel’s halls and ballrooms to admire 68 sculptures and paintings before they were moved to the Trumbull Branch of the Butler Institute of American Art for the full show. An inaugural fundraiser, “At First Glance” raised $62,000, including $14,500 in art sales, to benefit its artist member organization, which celebrates its 104th Annual Exhibition with this new collection. Juliana Morris, executive director of AAP, says the highlight of the evening was having artist Philip Pearlstein and his wife, Dorothy Cantor, in attendance. “Philip gave a wonderful recalling of his days at AAP in the 1940s with Andy Warhol,” Morris says. “A great time was had by all, and the compliments were non-stop as to the uniqueness and upbeat atmosphere.”

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