ARTSPACE AT UNTITLED EXHIBITION
Reception: Artspace at Untitled Art Gallery recently had the opening reception “Reflections: The photographs of Allison V. Smith & Stanley Marcus.” Smith's photographs and the photographs of her grandfather, the late Stanley Marcus, former Neiman Marcus president, had never before been exhibited together. The 60 photographs will be in place through March 30.
Seen: Allison's parents, Jerrie Marcus Smith and Fred Smith, were at the opening as was her husband, Barry Whistler.
Background: Marcus and Smith from Dallas shared a passion for photography and he gave her 5,000 slides of his personal photographs. She and her mother, Jerrie Marcus Smith, also created a book, “Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus,” in 2008.
Morning after: The next morning Allison and her mother gave a gallery walk through the exhibit giving person stories about the photographs. They also signed copies of the book. Attendees were treated to popovers with strawberry butter, a signature recipe from the Neiman Marcus Zodiac Dining Room.
What/who/where: Jennifer Strebel and Colin Mall were honorees at a wedding shower and dinner hosted by Salima and Iftikhar Ahmad, Lauren and Tucker Broiller, Naureen and Jeff Hubbard, Linda and Ron James and Laura and Austin Kirkpatrick in the Ahmad home.
How/why: Guests brought gifts for the couple, who will be married in February.
Who else: At the party were Sherry and Gary Strebel, Meredith and JB Robinson, Alisha and Kevin Dunnington, Lindsey and Kyle Newcomb, Julie Hager and Susan Sperber.
Event: Darla and John deSteiguer were in Vienna, Austria, for the official opening of Oklahoma Christian University's newly purchased facility, which was named “Das Millicanhaus.” He is president of OC. With them were OC board chairman, Don Millican, and his wife, Donna; Executive Vice President Bill Goad and his wife, Rita, and John Osborne, director of International Programs.
Festive T-shirts: For the students studying in Vienna as part of the school's study abroad program, they wore shirts that said “OC ist Heimat” which is German translation of “OC is Home.”
History: OC officials have used the property, formerly the Hotel Deutschmeister, to house students for the past few years.
Debutante ball: Elizabeth Lee Mitchell, daughter of Amy and Malone Mitchell III of Dallas and an Oklahoma State University student, was presented at the 58th International Debutante Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. She was one of 47 women from 15 states and she represented Texas. Other debutantes represented China, England, France, The Netherlands and Scotland. At OSU, Elizabeth Mitchell is a member of Chi Omega sorority where she is co-philanthropy chairman, assistant homecoming coordinator and member of the Dance Marathon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is active in intramural sports. She is a member of OSU's Student Foundation, a candidate for the National Honor Society and Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a board member of the Pinon Foundation.
Dress: For her debut, she wore a dress designed by Augusta Jones for Stardust Celebrations of Dallas. The strapless dress was made of silk organza and had a sweetheart neckline. The skirt was delicately embellished with bias cut silk organza ribbons. The waistline was emphasized with a Swarovski crystal and pearl sash.
The evening: There was a receiving line and cocktails were served. After dinner and dancing, debutantes were presented and they were accompanied by a civilian escort in white tie and a young man from one of the U.S. Armed Forces academies who carried her state flag.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH
Party: Ruth Bunnell celebrated her 100th birthday at Grace Living Center in Bethany. She was honored by her children, Nettie Stroud, Martha Shearer, Lenna LeCrone and Ray Bunnell Jr. Co-hostesses were granddaughters Paula Troutman, Eunice Weiszbrod, Virginia Roach, Debbie Shay and Gina Jackson. She has lived in Oklahoma City for 59 years.
Cards and cake: The honoree received 100 birthday cards. The 80 guests enjoyed finger foods and birthday cake.
Seen: Ruth Bunnell was one of 11 children and the only surviving sibling, Harriet Lipps, of Schertz, Texas, was at the party.