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EXHIBITION GAMES: Monday evening found art aficionados traipsing into Midtown’s Sanctuary Hotel for Garrett Chingery’s exhibition of his latest works, co-hosted by Billy Norwich and Gillian Hearst. Norwich greeted guests in the lobby, winking and leading them into the party. “I’m so glad you’re here,” he enthused to one. “Go meet Garrett, he’s fantastic. And have a slider, everyone is talking about how good they are.” They were: Several partygoers commented on the quality of the comestibles, while Chingery circulated among guests like Julie Macklowe, Marjorie Gubelmann, Marina Rust, Shelley Wanger, Michele Gerber Klein and Lauren Remington Platt and her sister, Ashley.
Chingery explained his variety of influences (“nature, textures, people”). “Oh, why am I here?” Ashley Platt jokingly mused. “I remember — hors d’oeuvres.” Sometimes the lure of free food is enough.