WET PAINT GALA

Whitney Reese, left, and Kimberly Blattner have their faces painted by The Adventure Fairies, Elva and Finch during the Wet Paint gala fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on June 21, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Whitney Reese, left, and Kimberly Blattner have their faces painted by The Adventure Fairies, Elva and Finch during the Wet Paint gala fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on June 21, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Wet paint and white clothes? Sounds messy.

Saturday evening’s celebration of art, wine, food and community at Sonoma’s freshly redesigned Ramekins culinary school, events venue and inn was anything but.

The Wet Paint gala, a sold-out summer solstice benefit for the exhibitions and education programs of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, was equally tasteful and tasty.

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It was 5ish when the first guests arrived to savor a sparkling wine by John Charles Boisset, a signature cocktail or Sonoma Valley varietal, and a stroll of Ramekins’ inviting and choicely kept grounds.

Chefs prepared and served delectables there, out of doors. Accomplished artists, serious connoisseurs of art and everyone in between visited while perusing the treasures of the silent auction.

As the evening cooled, everyone moved inside for a lavish sit-down meal orchestrated by chef Doug MacFarland. Following a brief, live auction that boasted artworks by William T.

Wiley and Douglas Fenn Wilson — and a romantic getaway to France for two — was a Fund a Dream appeal to grow the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and its mission.

Guests who had arrived in their best, dawnof- summer white left splashed in color, as their donations of support and of visions for the future of the museum brought adornment with scarves and ribbons.