“A Chef’s Canvas” was the theme of the 24th annual Midsummer Night’s Celebration on Friday at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

The gala to benefit the Akron landmark was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

“This is a Gatsby-era type of experience,” said Gailmarie Fort.

“This is the perfect night to showcase the building and its beauty,” said Christina Brunson, who attended with her friend Rosheadra Edwards.

The black-tie affair for 550 guests included a scrumptious dinner with drinks, plein air painting as well as live music.

For sisters Elyse O’Neill and Lauren O’Neill it was a family affair with relatives and friends Pam and Patrick O’Neill, Pat and Sarah O’Neill, Mari O’Neill and Chris Eggleton.

This year’s gala chairs were Jennifer and Timothy DelMedico.

“When I was a little boy, my mom would bring me here when she was doing flower arrangements on the grounds so for me this is a tradition,” said Earl Hamlin.

A highlight of the evening was the opportunity for guests to bid on a one-of-a-kind Stan Hywet experience, the exclusive Dinner in the Dining Room, a formal dinner party staged in the handsomely appointed Dining Room of the Manor House.

Mingling in the crowd were Donald and Katrina Dial, Mark Munoz, Jon Fiume, Tamara Boyazis, Mark and Patty Gibbs, Richard Peterson and Patti Horn, Jim and Julie Pulk, Kelsey and Myles Loeper, Bobby and Kreena Modi, and Jason and Victoria Lisowski. Jim Burban served as the butler as he has done for more than a decade at the event.

Bill and Kat Miller agreed that they love all of the functions at the manor. Kat Miller said, “It just feels like home here.”