“Living Artfully” Opening Gala

Sophie Delattre, wife of the French ambassador, with Hillwood board member Amy Bondurant and her husband, David Dunn. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Cocktails with jazz on the circular drive in front of Hillwood, before the seated dinner out back on the lawn. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The colorful flowers for the HIllwood gala dinner were arranged with blooms from the museum’s greenhouses and gardens. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The Hillwood greenhouses are a good example of “living artfully,” the theme of the museum’s new exhibition. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Two bars served cocktails and rosé Champagne in honor of Marjorie Post’s pink bomb shelter. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Guests step down into the bomb shelter. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Inside the bomb shelter, equipped with two hanging cots, a dining table, first-aid gear, canned foods, a washer and dryer, transistor radios, and other conveniences. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The dumbwaiter that lifted Marjorie Post’s breakfast upstairs to be delivered to her by a member of her extensive staff. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The dining table, which is a principal symbol of the “Living Artfully” exhibition at Hillwood. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Marjorie Post bought this blue dress from Rizik’s, a women’s clothing store that still operates on Connecticut Avenue. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Representing another well-known and well-off Washington family, Nancy and Richard Marriott. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Sophie Delattre, wife of the French ambassador, chats with Ellen Charles, president of Hillwood. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Pimiento sandwiches, just one of the many “artful” canapés served during cocktails. Dinner featured gazpacho and salmon en papillote. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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