The OI Board Benefit Photo Collections

The recent OI Board Benefit, held at Oglebay’s Mansion Museum, was a wonderful event, as it always is. The setting and the people seem to make it especially fertile ground for photographers, as we have at least two excellent galleries to share. The first is a trove of shots from the talented eye of event photographer Suzanne Polinski Photography:

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The second gallery is something new for Weelunk- fashion commentary. Apparently a thriving city requires that people wear a certain… je ne sais quoi. Which is French for something like, ‘I don’t know anything about clothes’. A few weeks ago someone told me I looked like I was from the movie American Hustle, and I took it as a compliment. But Weelunk photographer Wallis thinks she knows style when she sees it, and at the Board Benefit she pointed her camera at her notion of the most glamorous people, outfits, and accessories. Then she made vague statements to me that I tried to condense into captions.

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This fine gentleman captured the spirit of the evening with clean lines and a splash of color in his convention-shirking bow tie.

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Joel Palaez' vintage bird shirt displayed a flock of colorful avian images.

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Sue Farnsworth's beautiful color and outfit combination was reminiscent of a Piet Mondrian painting.

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This exquisite tunic and choker combo was noteworthy for its colors and interesting shapes.

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Julie Joseph channeled her inner J. Lo when selecting her hairstyle and sunglasses.

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You don't see many braids these days. Perhaps it's there to hide whatever is holding her necklace to the side. Sounds crazy in words but the picture proves it looks great.

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It takes a bit of daring to don a large oval ring with a rectangles dress, but that kind of confidence is what makes the total package shine.

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The story here is the gravity-defying earrings. They perfectly complement the neckline of the top, while their spherical ends echo the theme from the necklace.

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Why would you wear sunglasses when instead you can hold up a hand featuring a vintage Philippe Charriol ring? Heather Slack for the win.

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In a sea of muted menswear, Bob Rine's tangerine jacket stood out like the red dress in The Matrix.

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A summery orchid pattern in intense crimson made this dress glow against the green lawn.

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It is hard not to get noticed if you're Bill Jones in a patchwork jacket in Nantucket style.

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The elegant Mina Pettit with necklace flair.

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The well polished suits of the always poised Paul Exley and Arch Riley.

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Mark Landini's trapezoidal shaped shades paired well with his well cut suit.

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Missy Ashmore's hat was the epitome of style while Caleb Cooper's blue on blue suit combination was equally stunning.

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Andrew Yetter sported a trendy palette of grays, with tiny white flowers on the tie. He wouldn't suffer his infamous wardrobe malfunction until 12 hours later, in a different wardrobe.

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Great legs wearing great pants and great shoes. Not much more to say about that.

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Melissa Knollinger's triangular rosette purse was the perfect compliment to her equally stunning triangular shaped diamond necklace.

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This year's Board Benefit saw quite a few trendsetters wearing black and white. The black and white lines of these shoes paired nicely with the black circles of the ankle length skirt to create geometric interest.

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Hollie Adams (with husband Chad) looking stunning in her canary yellow dress illuminated by moonlight.

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Dr. Robert Altmeyer enjoying his retirement in chic round frames.

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This dapper fellow liked to keep his jacket buttoned, presumably to conceal evidence of his top-secret mission.

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These ivory florettes set in vintage style pop against this cerulean blue dress.

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This pin-striped suit with peach carnation worn by Carl Lehman evoked the Prohibition era.

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This multiple colored miniature roses clutch complimented the similarly colored beautifully croqueted shawl.

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Charlotte Karges' ice blue necklace made from beads she picked herself in Pittsburgh generated its own enchanting moonbeams.

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Danielle McCracken's gold on black patterned dress was a supernova stand out.

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OI would like to thank its event sponsors: The Health Plan, Bowles Rice and Jackson Kelly.

 



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