Dataw Island Visual Arts Club members toast to elegance

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Elegant desserts for an elegant evening. Photo by Tom Brady.
Elegant desserts for an elegant evening. Photo by Tom Brady.

Photo above: Dataw Island Art Club’s Women in Gold, Diana Carter and Jayne Krebs. Photo by Brooke Schuster.

Fifty members of the Dataw Island Visual Arts Club enjoyed an evening of history, film and decadent desserts. “Woman in Gold,” the story of one woman’s fight to recover a painting by Gustave Klimt, was screened in a golden décor created by Jayne Krebs and her committee.

Dr. Robert Wellborn introduced the film with a concise review of world events from the 1930’s to the Nazi invasions of private homes and the theft of valuable works of art. The film “Woman in Gold” recounts the efforts of Maria Altmann, an elderly Austrian woman, who uses the legal system to regain possession of a priceless canvas stolen from her family by the Nazis 60 years earlier.

Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” is a regal painting encrusted with gold leaf and is considered by many to be the Mona Lisa of Austria. The audience enjoyed Helen Mirren’s portrayal of the refined but formidable Maria and then toasted the evening with champagne and enjoyed dessert.

Committee members included Brooke Schuster, Dale Martin and Barb Carakostas.