When the invitation to attend the joint birthday party of close friends artist Leo Villareal and Yvonne Force Villareal, founder of Art Production Fund, Richard and Lisa Perry knew it was a must. The party, held at the newly opened Capri restaurant in Marfa, Texas, had a “Burning Man-meets-your-finest-Western” dress code, which guests including the Perrys embraced. “Leo was an original founder of Burning Man and Yvonne always has amazing style, so people really went all out,” says Lisa.
Beyond the incredible party, the weekend also offered a chance to explore the thriving art community in Marfa, which the couple had visited a few years prior. “We are huge supporters of [artist] Donald Judd and his work, and we have friends who are involved in The Judd Foundation, so we had been before with them to have a tour,” Lisa tells us. “It was amazing to return and see how the community has grown, even just in the last few years.”
Donald Judd moved to Marfa in the ‘70s and was very inspired by the landscape and light of the then dusty cowboy town. Soon, he brought along artist friends like Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain, and a community started to grow. “Whether you love minimalism or not, Marfa is a must,” says Lisa. “It’s not the easiest place to get to—it’s truly in the middle of nowhere! But it’s so worth it when you get there.” Scroll on for Lisa Perry‘s highlights from Marfa, Texas.