Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Tuesday night Galerie Elysees, billed as "the first Washington gallery devoted primarily to French art," opened its doors at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW with a reception.
The gallery is part of the private club La Serre, where most of last night's crowd of 200 headed, after taking a quick look at the lithographs and tapestries on display in the connecting rooms.
The owner of Galerie Elysees and La Serre is Michael Sellier, who also runs Cafe de Paris. However, Sellier said Tuesday night he knows nothing about art, leaving that to his partner Charles Bressler, who does.
"I have the location and he's got the connections," explained Sellier of Bressler, who apparently also knows something about the travel business, owning, as he does, four travel agencies.
Most of the guests seemed rather more interested in food than art as they crowded around a buffet that included ham, pate, shrimp Salad, rice salad, violet salad (a watercress concoction named for the violets that covered it) and fresh strawberries and cream. Patisseries appeared later along with champagne and, appropriately enough, the Cafe de Paris cocktail, a combination of champagne and raspberry and orange liqueurs.
Among the guests were Sheila and Ed Weidenfeld and Rochelle Rose, who recently sold Georgetown's Hot Diggety Dog in order to open Capitol Hill's 209 1/2 and "do more serious food," as Rose explained it.
Sally Ann Robbins, meanwhile, very tan from a trip to Florida, said she had just signed on as assistant director of enrollment for LifeSpring, "a nonconfrontation human potential program."
Also on hand was psychiatist Norman Tamarkin, referred to in some circles as Washington's Chic Shrink, even though he said Tuesday night he has no idea where that label came from. Tamarkin actually is somewhat of a La Serre regular.
"I like it here because you can wear your Levis," explained Tamarkin, who sported a three-piece suit.