The Palm Springs Art Museum held a celebration of art and music with laughter with Eric Idle as emcee and Lucie Arnaz, Brooke Shields, and Anjelica Huston in the Annenberg Theater, Saturday, March 25th. The event, sponsored by the Museum Associates Council, presented the Awards for Artistic Excellence to artists who have reached the pinnacle of being legends in their chosen artistic fields.
Lucie Arnaz performed after the awards presentations along with her band. Arnaz performed many show tunes and legendary standards beginning with, "If They Could See Me Now." Her parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, would have been proud. She was funny and warm, charming the audience with several personal anecdotes.
Many stars and legendary artists gathered including Merv Griffin and Nancy Reagan. Awards were presented to celebrity phtographer Michael Childers, fashion designer James Galanos, sculptor Robert Graham and glass artist Dale Chihuly. Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden proclaimed the day to their honor for the occasion.
The museum raised $550,000 that will go to bring arts education to 20,000 valley children in Palm Springs.