Haute Event: ‘Gorgeous’ Opening Night at the Asian Art Museum

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Elisabeth Fullerton and Nanci Nishimura  Credit: Drew Altizer Photogrpahy
Elisabeth Fullerton and Nanci Nishimura Credit: Drew Altizer Photogrpahy

Ravishing drag queens greeted 250 guests at the doors of the Asian Art Museum on June 19th for the Opening Night Gala of Gorgeous, co-chaired by Elizabeth Pang Fullerton and and Nanci Nishimura.

Kendra Monroe, Holotta Tymes, Nanci Nishimura, Cassandra Cass and Donna Sachet  Credit: Drew Altizer Photography
Kendra Monroe, Holotta Tymes, Nanci Nishimura, Cassandra Cass and Donna Sachet Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Guests arrived donned in bright summer colors and were delightfully greeted by iconic San Francisco personality Donna Sachet, who graced the entrance in a bright electric blue gown adorned with a luscious blue feather boa. Notable guests in attendance were Wilkes Bashford, Joy Bianchi, Eliza and Dean Cash, Sako and Bill Fisher, Lisa Goldman, Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton.

Keziah Robinson, Joy Venturini Bianchi and Skye Drynan  Credit: Drew Altizer Photography
Keziah Robinson, Joy Venturini Bianchi and Skye Drynan Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

As the group sat for dinner, Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu and gala co-chair Nanci Nishimura welcomed guests with opening remarks in the grand Samsung Hall. Guests were served a delectable four course dinner while the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus made a surprise performance to top off the night. The special exhibition features artworks from the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA exploring beauty at the extremes. The event raised $400,000 towards presenting the exhibition.

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