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The Crowd: Lecture delivers more than decorative tips

November 27, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Michael Botsko with Colleen Johnson and a model supporting the work of Friendship Shelter.
Michael Botsko with Colleen Johnson and a model supporting… (Ann Chatillon )

The Decorative Arts Society welcomed author and designer Adam Lewis, who spoke about "The Great Lady Decorators," also the title of his book, on Nov. 12.

Lewis autographed copies of the book, which focuses on female designers in America from 1870 to 1955. The lecture attracted a wide range of patrons supporting the charitable work of the society, which raises money from its annual series of Decorative Arts programs. This season's runs through April.

The Lewis event was the second in the series, which began in October with a presentation from Wolfram Koeppe, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The third presentation will take place Feb. 11 and will feature Brian Coleman, author, editor and psychiatrist.

On the evening prior to the Lewis lecture, Decorative Arts Society patroness Merrilee Harris opened her handsome Spanish Colonial home on the Balboa Peninsula for the very popular pre-event reception welcoming the guest of honor and providing an opportunity for society members to meet and mingle with the esteemed lecturer. More than 100 guests converged at the Harris residence, which the hostess shared was inspired by her grandparents' home on Little Balboa Island. In the crowd was society president Ann Dennis, who told guests that 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the society. Also on hand were Carol and Bruce Andrews, Linda and Denny Campbell, Mary and John Carrington, Barbara and David Cline, Marion and Peter Hartwich, Judy and Jim Montgomery, Mary Anna and Arthur Jeppe, and Kate and Sam Roth.

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Shelter celebrates 25 years

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Laguna Niguel was transformed into the style of "The Great Gatsby" from the Roaring Twenties for a Nov. 1 gala hosted by the Friendship Shelter.

Founded in 1988, the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach was the brainchild of a group of neighbors in Orange County who realized that there was a growing problem in what was a mostly suburban affluent bedroom community. That problem was homelessness, with many of those suffering from drug or alcohol dependency as well as serious mental health issues. This month those dedicated founders joined with a large contingent of supporters to recognize a milestone in which 7,000 lives have been assisted by the shelter during those years.

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