Colony Hotel Owners Sara & Andrew Wetenhall, along with Swifty’s Robert Caravaggi and myriad others came together to toast society photographer Annie Watt at the opening of an exhibition of her work entitled, Impromptu Portraits: A Distinguished Decade, at the Colony Hotel. It was the crowning affair to complete a vibrant, socially distanced season in Palm Beach.
AWA photographers captured nearly 200 guests on location as they raised a glass to Watt and documented the new annual fundraiser and exhibition with video and interviews as well. The event was planned with the help of Alexandra-Dana Gusita, with video interviews conducted by Jane Greaves.
Fans and subjects came out in force, happily spilling over onto the grass between the hotel’s solarium and Swifty’s Pool. Guests included: Eleanora Kennedy, Janet Levy, Doug Evans & Mikoloj Bauer, Society Band Leader Alex Donner & Annette De Lorenzo, Jackie Weld Drake, Karen Klopp, Amanda Polk, Anka Palitz, Bea Cayzer & Bill Richards, Farley Rentschler, Jean Shafiroff, Camilla Webster, CeCe & Lee Black, Dr. Kathy Watt & Dr. William Watt, Helmut Koller, Maribel Alvarez, Elizabeth Fekkai, Patrick McMullan, Nick Mele, Ursula & Paul Lowerre, Sharon Bush, Whitney Schott, Rick Rose, Steven Stolman & Rich Wilkie, Susan & Hunter Cushing, Vicki Kellogg and Yaz & Valentin Hernandez to name a few.
Guests were invited to purchase their photo with 100% of the proceeds being donated by Watt to The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope and The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.
Watt creates at each event she shoots can be seen and felt in every photo. She has become a society favorite for her ability to portray her subject’s best angle, revealing a unique intimacy with each subject, her expert direction and talent for editing. Watt Agency Photographers John Sanderson, Jillian Nelson from NYC, and local photographer Mike Jachles follow her unique vision.
The success of the event has inspired the Wetenhalls to host an Annie Watt exhibit as an annual end of season affair. With her business now officially open in Florida, Watt will be no stranger to Manhattan. She is headed back to New York for the opening of season there.
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