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The Crowd: Arts society launches program series

October 27, 2010|By B.W. Cook
  • HIGH STYLE: Stephanie Hunt, Linda Colton, Karen Littlefair, Kitty Canada, Bridget Gless Keller attend the reception for Mary McDonald and the Decorative Arts Society.
HIGH STYLE: Stephanie Hunt, Linda Colton, Karen Littlefair,… (Daily Pilot )

The very fashionable and artistic Decorative Arts Society last week launched the 16th annual program series in Newport Beach, fronted by the chic Mary McDonald, the Los Angeles-based interior designer and author.

McDonald was in town for a pre-lecture cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Newport Beach-based designer Brenda Eastman and her husband Dirk. Brenda Eastman, known as the owner of Les Interieurs, welcomed the crowd of Decorative Arts devotees to her bayfront residence at Peninsula Point. The Eastmans only recently had occupied the romantic old-world, shingle-style residence that commands a picture-perfect view of the harbor. The arriving crush was suitably impressed by the Eastman touch as the home had a feeling of having been lived in much longer.

Chaired this season by Elana Donavan, with support from Sandra Ayres, Hyla Bertea, Marion Palley, Sharon Henwood, to name a few, the Decorative Arts Society will raise funds to benefit Casa Teresa, Laura's House, Mariposa and Women Helping Women.

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The next event, on Nov. 9, will feature the well-known architect Marc Appleton speaking about West Coast architecture. Also spotted in the upbeat cocktail crowd were the very stylish Linda Gianini, Marion Hartwich, Cecilia and Bruce Nott, Margaret Larkin, Marilyn and Bill Robbins, Adrienna and John Garrison, Ruben Flores, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Linda Colton, Karen Littlefair, Kitty Canada, the owner of Newport's latest designer consignment boutique known as "The Find" on Coast Highway, and, in from Los Angeles the charming Bridget Gless Keller.

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The Harvesters, in support of The Second Harvest Food Bank, recently chose Seasons 52, a new restaurant at South Coast Plaza, as the destination for their underwriters' cocktail reception following the success of their annual fashion show and luncheon at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach.

Seasons 52 is one of two new restaurants in the building that housed the old Clubhouse restaurant. One is with butter and the other is without.

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar all about healthy eating, and the kitchen prepares a remarkable selection of dishes without grease, butter, fat, excess salt and other ingredients that people are trying to limit in their daily diet.

Next door and upstairs, an East Coast institution, The Capital Grille, has just opened up for business. The restaurant chain is known for its superb hand-carved steaks and seafood.

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