Yesterday evening Mohr & McPherson kicked off the summer with Greater Boston Arts and Business Council’s ‘Martinis and Masterpieces,’ an event in support and celebration of Boston’s creative economy. With over 300 Boston residents, business owners, artists, and more in attendance, Mohr & McPherson boasted a stunning collection of local artwork up for a silent auction in the gallery across the way from our showroom. In conjunction with the artwork, gift packages were also auctioned off in the silent auction and Mohr & McPherson’s grandiose assortment of global furnishings were ready for purchase. Although the weather wasn’t what we had hoped for, the event ran extremely smoothly thanks to the atmosphere, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music by Zumix Jazz Allstars, and wonderful company.
The event began with an art walk along Thayer Street, which included guided gallery tours of many of the galleries on Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue. The local gallery owners provided their best service, as they informed the event attendees of the wonders of our exquisite South End. Following the art walk, the employees of Mohr & McPherson and the members of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council invited the guests inside to see our one-of-a-kind showroom, have a cocktail and eat some delicious, local, gourmet food by Chef Anthony Ambrose. Braised chicken with tomato base served over cilantro couscous and creamy risotto with pulled pork topping were only two of the many incredible food offerings at ‘Martinis and Masterpieces.’ In the drink realm, a concoction of grapefruit and cranberry juices, club soda, vodka, and lime was the signature cocktail of the night. Food and spirits were also found in a covered outdoor area outside of our showroom. Guests were invited to explore both the inside and outside of the Mohr & McPherson property and the Thayer Street Galleries. While doing so, they were given the opportunity to learn more about the art market and community, while they enjoyed great service, ambiance, and hundreds of conversation pieces both in the showroom as well as in the auction gallery.
Soon after the evening festivities began, the Greater Boston Arts and Business Council put forth an award ceremony in the center of the Mohr & McPherson showroom. The ceremony recognized several contributors to the development of Boston’s South End and arts community. This event would not have been possible had it not been for renowned architect Mario Nicosia, owner of Boston’s GTI properties. Nicosia is responsible for renovating much of the South End, and making it the hip neighborhood that it is today. Last night he received an award for all of his wonderful work in restoring the SoWa neighborhood. Similarly, two other awards were given out for making a large contribution to the success of the Greater Boston Arts and Business Council. Our very own proprietor Kevin McPherson had the pleasure of presenting the awards to the humble awardees responsible for keeping Boston’s arts community alive.
Boston has the highest arts and cultural organizations per capita than any other metropolitan area in the country. Therefore, the work of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council is vital to sustaining and growing the arts sector of the economy. Thanks to ‘Martini’s and Masterpieces’ and many other events benefiting the Boston arts community, the Arts and Business Council keeps the Boston art community thriving. As we saw and heard last night during the award ceremony, “The mission of the Arts & Business Council is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts.” Many community art events could not function without the help of Greater Boston Arts and Business Council, and that is a thing to be celebrated as we did last night at ‘Martinis and Masterpieces’ right here in the Mohr & McPherson showroom.