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Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021

Orange County Museum of Art’s Art Sense Gala raises $1M, celebrates a one-year countdown to the October 22, 2022 opening of its new home

On Friday, Oct. 8, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) hosted its first Art Sense Gala, which took place in person at the construction site of the museum’s forthcoming building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The Art Sense Gala was held one year to the date of the public opening of its new home designed by Morphosis Architects under the direction of Pritzker-prize winner Thom Mayne and Partner-in-Charge Brandon Welling, who were both present.

Orange County Museum Zuckerman

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Photos by Owen Kolasinski

Courtesy of OCMA

(L-R) Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and director of OCMA; Anton Segerstrom, OCMA trustee and partner of South Coast Plaza West; and Sally Crockett

One of the first major in-person events of the season, the sold-out Art Sense Gala had a futuristic theme, welcomed 280 guests, and netted $1 million for the museum and its operations. The sum raised is three times the achievement of any previous OCMA fundraising event. Earlier this week, OCMA announced free general admission for a decade upon opening its new building in October 2022, courtesy of a $2.5 million commitment from Newport Beach-based Lugano Diamonds.

Orange County Museum Ferders

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Idit and Moti Ferder, Lugano Diamonds

Anton Segerstrom, OCMA trustee and partner of South Coast Plaza West, introduced Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and director of OCMA, who said, “You’re all living the profound, but yet simple vision that was put together by 13 audacious women 60 years ago next year. You are bringing the best of modern and contemporary art here to Orange County to be shared by our community, but also our nation and everyone who comes here to visit. I believe access to art is a basic human right. It’s not a privilege. That’s what we are doing here. Your support of OCMA is transforming lives.”

Orange County Museum Green

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OCMA trustee Sean Green of Artenal and his wife, Aga 

OCMA Art Sense attendees included artists Jennifer Guidi and Sarah Cain, Sean Green of Arternal and his wife Aga, Idit and Moti Ferder of Lugano Diamonds, Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, Michelin-star awardees Yassmin Samardi and Tony Esnault of Knife Pleat, Paul and Lilly Merage, Anton and Jennifer Segerstrom, Bob Olson, Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, Casey Reitz of  Segerstrom Center for the Arts and his wife Naomi, Raj and Martha Bathal, Teri Kennady, Alison Beaumont Hoeven, Britt Meyer, Carl and Janet Nolet, Ken and Stephanie Grody, Jim Pick and Rosalyn Laudati and Pat Maciariello of Compass Diversified Holdings and his wife Aleeza.

Orange County Meyer

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Nicole Meyer of Morphosis Architects with Brandon Welling, Morphosis Architects Partner-in-Charge

Guests interpreted the futuristic theme in joyful, playful, whimsical, fun and energetic looks while enjoying an evening that embodied the event’s name, Art Sense, with a sensory experience that engaged all five senses. This included wines selected by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, caviar provided by Pearl Street Caviar, and dancing under the stars, which started before dinner ended and lasted well into the night, to music sets by DJ Dylan Regan. The charcoal grey and lavender décor was designed by Leproux Collective.

Orange County Museum Kiddoo

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Bruce Kiddoo, Heidi Zuckerman and Cheryl Kiddoo, OCMA trustee 

In the spirit of the evening, Zuckerman wore a vintage dress – a 1970s Victor Costa iridescent deep burgundy purple silk taffeta dress with strapless ruffled neckline purchased from Shrimpton Couture.

Orange County Museum Segerstroms

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Anton and Jennifer Segerstrom

Art Sense was presented by lead sponsor Sotheby’s with sponsorship contributions from Lugano Diamonds and J.P. Morgan.

Orange County Museum Guenther

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Julia Guenther and Wayne Guenther 

In addition to the corporate sponsors, Art Sense was made possible by the event underwriters Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, Cerity Partners LLC, Robert and Britt Meyer, Erica and Jerry Fink, Lisa and Richard Merage, Keiko Sakamoto and Bill Witte, Justin and Julie Wilson, Alexandra and Alan Airth, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine, Frances Frankel, Twyla Martin, Valaree Wahler, Jeri and Danny McKenna, Creative Fundraising Advisors, Pat Jorgensen, and Karen and Scott Green.

Orange County Museum Merage

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OCMA trustee Lisa Merage and Richard Merage 

Proceeds raised from the Art Sense Gala benefit the museum and its operations. 

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