The Timken Museum of Art hosted “White Nights and Russian Delights” on March 1 in Balboa Park. The event, co-chaired by Timken Board Chair Tim Zinn and his wife, Ellen, featured a private viewing reception and dinner celebrating the museum’s Russian icon collection, newly installed by Executive Director John Wilson, Ph.D.
The Host Committee included Valerie Cooper, Jeanne Jones, Demi Rogozienski and Sally Thornton. Lori Walton was introduced as a new member of the Timken Board of Directors, and Gary Meads was welcomed as a returning member.
Guests had an opportunity to hear remarks from Derrick Cartwright, Ph.D., formerly of the San Diego Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum, and now at the University of San Diego.
The theme, which celebrated Russian culture, was a rare opportunity to dine by candlelight on caviar, vodka tastings and Russian-inspired cuisine among the Old Master works of the Putnam Foundation’s permanent collection. The evening was topped off by Pomegranate Restaurant’s Russian Honey Cake and Strawberries Romanoff. Entertainment included Russian folk dancing by the San Diego Ballet and gypsy violin concertos.
–Photos by Bob Ross