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The Shed Fine Art Gallery owner Sue Osborne and Rivals United for a Kure founder Barry Hoeven joined me at the wine sharing party

The Shed Fine Art Gallery owner Sue Osborne and Rivals United for a Kure founder Barry Hoeven join me at the wine sharing party

The Shed, a Fine Art Gallery, Dana Point’s new art gallery – the only one in town – hosted a lovely soiree for members and guests of Rivals United for a Kure, a philanthropic outreach campaign whose goal is to unite the USC/UCLA sports communities in support of innovative cancer research for underfunded cancers. Nearly 70 guests gathered on a warm summer evening at the beautiful, elegant art haven with its amazing collection of contemporary art and sculpture nestled amidst pleasing gardens and sun-lit terraces. Owner Sue Osborne and gallery director and resident artist Michael Ruffini graciously welcomed everyone, and guests were very impressed with the expressionist art Ruffini has curated for the gallery. Many of the artists were present, including Michael Moon, Gideon Cohen, Nick Arciero, Nina K. Cullen, and, of course, Ruffini.

Guests were invited to bring a bottle of wine to share and a nicer bottle to donate to the Rivals’ gala fundraising auction scheduled for November 25 at Vibiana in Los Angeles. I saw a plethora of top-notch labels, thanks to the generosity of the guests. The banquet of delicious hors d’oeuvres presented throughout the gallery and terraces impressed everyone, as did the musical stylings of talented guitarist Jason Feddy. Guests also enjoyed visiting Osborne’s renowned OC Beads shop and the all-American country store she calls The Coop. The trio of clapboard buildings, including The Shed, is what Osborne calls “The Coastal Arcadian.”

Barry Hoeven, who has been fighting kidney cancer for 15 years and who is the founder of both Kure It Cancer Research and Rivals United for a Kure, was present along with Rivals’ Director Alison Hahn and Kure It Director Karen Jones. Gala co-chair Paul McDonald, former All-American USC quarterback and current color analyst, attended with his lovely wife Allyson. Hahn thanked Osborne and Ruffini for their hospitality, which included a donated painting by Ruffini, At the Harbor, which will be offered as a raffle prize at the upcoming gala.

Selected photos by Sara Buss Photography