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Posted on: September 6, 2017

99 Times Party Brings Gilded Age Glamour to Springfield Art Museum

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Springfield, MO. (September 6, 2017) – The Annual 99 Times Party, the Museum’s signature fundraising event benefitting the Collection Preservation & Conservation Fund returns on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Began in 2014 with six initial sponsors, this year’s event will be the largest to date with over 40 generous sponsors.

Twenty local stylists and artists will transform the Museum into Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island to raise funds to restore John Frederick Kensett’s Shore Landscape, Newport, an exemplar of “Luminist” painting, in the Museum’s collection since 1949. Kensett was an influential member of the Hudson River School and a founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Guests of this year’s event, 99x: Gilded Coast Glamour, will enjoy food, drink, and live music from synth-pop duo LUX while entering ten living art tableaus featuring modern takes on the historic interiors of Newport’s radiant mansions. Stylists include: Casey Bovee, Be Home Soon Design; Sara Gonzalez, Ensembles of the Past; Amy Grace & Jennifer Grace Duran, Greens; Stephanie Hornickel, DG2 Design Landscape Architecture; Heather Kane, 417 Magazine; Jacque Pitts, Brashears Furniture; Christa Schmitz & Sara Schmitz Olson, Chrisara Designs; Tamara Styer, Deitra Magazine; Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home; and Jennifer Vaughn, Sew-It-All/Fashion Designers Society.

Also on display, ten 10’ tall murals inspired by Newport’s architecture and seascape. Artists include: Marian Stahl Chamberlain, Nicole Chilton, Lenetta Choate, Cole Closser, Will Knauer, Todd Lowery, Linda Passeri, Rebekah Polly, Jacqueline Warren, and Blake Willis Tiggemann, last year’s Watercolor USA overall prize winner.

New this year is a VIP Sponsor Hour sponsored by O’Reilly Hospitality Management with signature cocktails courtesy of Macadoodles and additional performances from Randall Shreve.

Guests are encouraged to dress in creative cocktail attire keeping with the theme, anything with a metallic luster or nautically inspired. Part of the fun of the event is being photographed inside the interactive, immersive art tableaus or with the larger than life murals. Guests also receive a commemorative Look Book that immortalizes the 20 ephemeral creations, on display for one night only. 99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is generously presented by Esterly, Schneider & Associates, Inc.

Want to go?
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Cost: VIP Sponsor Hour 6-7 PM, begins at $100; General Admission 7-9 PM, $25 in advance, $35 at the door
Where: Springfield Art Museum, located at 1111 East Brookside Drive
Call 417-837-5700 or visit for tickets


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit For more information, please contact Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator, (417) 874-2859 or

99x: Gilded Coast Glamour
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