Art Bash Baroque Ball

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CITY LIFE - By Sab­rina Mad­deaux Pho­tos by Ryan Em­ber­ley and Kennedy Pol­lard


Co-chairs Sonja Ber­man and Dean Ben­der


Art Gallery of On­tario (AGO)


The AGO trans­formed into a magical baroque palace, in­spired by Euro­pean art, ar­chi­tec­ture, mu­sic and fash­ion from the early 17th un­til the mid-18th cen­turies. The night be­gan with a grandiose cock­tail re­cep­tion ac­com­pa­nied by a live vi­o­lin­ist and lux­u­ri­ant fash­ion dis­plays by lo­cal de­sign­ers Stephan Caras, Alan An­der­son and Mani Jas­sal. Up­stairs, chan­de­liers, a larger- than- life sculp­ture by Toronto artist Bri­ony Dou­glas and op­u­lent cen­tre­pieces fea­tur­ing over­sized bou­quets, over­flow­ing fruit trays and moody can­dles set the stage for din­ner. An af­ter- party fol­lowed with flow­ing cock­tails and mod­els that both shocked and de­lighted rev­ellers.

“Sonja Ber­man and Dean Ben­der cre­ated a vis­ually stun­ning event in an homage to Peter Paul Rubens that took ev­ery­one’s breath away. The AGO’S mis­sion to make ex­tra­or­di­nary art ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one was front and cen­tre.” —Kate Halpenny, chief devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, AGO

Pat Mun­son and Beth Horowitz

Jenna Nau­movich-freda, Ralph Roach and Vonna Bi­tove

Hi­lary We­ston and Brett Sher­lock

Jes­sica En­nis

Bri­ony Dou­glas

Dori Tun­stall

Danielle Mal­lozzi and Emma Guizzetti

Sonja Ber­man and Dean Ben­der

Chris Tyrell

Robin Tu­rack and Su­nita Doobay

Mar­i­anne Guizzetti, Max Gotlieb, Heather Gotlieb, Marc Feld­man and Deana Popovic

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