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EVENT

Art Bash Baroque Ball

- By Sabrina Maddeaux Photos by Ryan Emberley and Kennedy Pollard

ORGANIZERS

Co-chairs Sonja Berman and Dean Bender

VENUE

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

DESCRIPTIO­N

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
Pat Munson and Beth Horowitz
 ??  ?? Jenna Naumovich-freda, Ralph Roach and Vonna Bitove
Jenna Naumovich-freda, Ralph Roach and Vonna Bitove
 ??  ?? Hilary Weston and Brett Sherlock
Hilary Weston and Brett Sherlock
 ??  ?? Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis
 ??  ?? Briony Douglas
Briony Douglas
 ??  ?? Dori Tunstall
Dori Tunstall
 ??  ?? Danielle Mallozzi and Emma Guizzetti
Danielle Mallozzi and Emma Guizzetti
 ??  ?? Sonja Berman and Dean Bender
Sonja Berman and Dean Bender
 ??  ?? Chris Tyrell
Chris Tyrell
 ??  ?? Robin Turack and Sunita Doobay
Robin Turack and Sunita Doobay
 ??  ?? Marianne Guizzetti, Max Gotlieb, Heather Gotlieb, Marc Feldman and Deana Popovic
Marianne Guizzetti, Max Gotlieb, Heather Gotlieb, Marc Feldman and Deana Popovic

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