Supporters at the National Gallery donned elegant hats and chic tea dresses for the annual Ariane Dart Tea Party on Friday.
Guests at the fundraiser were greeted at the entrance to the Coral Beach Cottage Garden with Hibiscus Vanilla Delight and Elder Flower Cordial iced teas and then explored the garden where they viewed six botanical pieces of art by Hannah Cook, and Saba, which were for sale in aid of the National Gallery.
The garden, a peaceful place full of secret spaces, hanging orchids, waterfalls, wooden elevated walkways, railway sleepers and handmade butterfly, fish and shell patterned tiles, is the site of the annual tea party, which was held for the 12th time this year.
The menu, prepared by Mise en Place, included tiny tea sandwiches with salmon, lobster or coronation chicken, homemade scones with jam and cream, and a selection of desserts including chocolate cognac truffles, fruit tarts and raspberry meringues. Jasmine, rose, earl grey and chamomile teas were supplied by Tea Time in Cayman.
Natalie Urquhart, director of the National Gallery, and Nancy Barnard presented the auction, which raised more than $17,000.
Seven lots included an ultimate wellness package donated by Life Extension Cayman, a mother and daughter garden party donated by the Cabana – Lilly Pulitzer, a girl’s night out package donated by Bon Vivant, a staycation sponsored by the Westin Casuarina Resort, and an art adventure in Jamaica sponsored by the National Gallery Board and Cayman Airways with support from the National Gallery of Jamaica.
Sponsor a scholar envelopes were placed on the tables for further donations to go towards the National Gallery’s education program.
As usual, in what has become one of Cayman’s most glamorous daytime fundraising events, everyone was dressed to impress.
Betty Baraud wore a ivory lace dress by BCBG, cream patent leather bag by Louis Vuitton and hat by Caymanian designer Laura Anderton. There were gorgeous hats from NKY in all shades, and delicate fascinators. Prue Lawson wore Ralph Lauren with a cream Coach clutch; Bryony Robottom wore Jasper Conran; and Derbhil O’Riordan wore a draped floral silk Moschino tea dress with an elegant wide black straw hat.
Vicki Calvert-Das wore a striking bold patterned fitted dress by Diane von Furstenberg; Jess Deegenaars a gorgeous animal print dress by Camilla; and Pia Hall wore an Anthropologie dress, Jimmy Choo bag and Kate Spade shoes.