"…and lasts until the fun stops." ~ Ogden Museum's Website
Get ready for "fun," a great cause and of course, cocktails. The Ogden Museum, located in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans, carries a unique collection of Southern Art here in Louisiana.
It's the first museum in the state appointed as an Affiliate of Smithsonian Institution and upholds its mission "…to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research."
However, that doesn't negate the influence of a good time in the artistic place of business. On Saturday June 10, the museum will host its annual Magnolia Ball, which celebrates up-and-coming Southern artists in a silent auction and pieces to add to the keen eye of the artistic and knowledgeable. This year's celebrated exhibitions will include The Colorful South: William Christenberry, Birney Imes, William Greiner, William Ferris and Alec Soth and William Eggleston: Troubled Waters, From the Collection of William Greiner.
The silent auction will contain pieces and gift bags from a bevy of talent including Erin Austen Abbott, Ace New Orleans, Jonathan Kent Adams, William Andrews, Artemis Antippas, David Armentor, Barre 3 - New Orleans, BASER TM, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Sesthasak Boonchai, and more.
Elliot Hutchinson, Hattie and Corey Moll, and Emily Shaya will round out this year's chairmen. Hutchison stated, "Magnolia Ball is the best of the best! This party brings together a tremendously diverse cross section of the best of New Orleans, from artists to art appreciators and fun lovers, while also supporting a great mission for the local and regional arts movement."
When asked about items featured for the auction, Shaya added, "I just took a sneak peek at the Magnolia Ball online auction items, which feature an impeccable selection of over 60 pieces of artwork from a distinguished group of Southern and Louisiana contemporary artists."
With music from DJ G Cue, DJ Quickie Mart, DJ Lil' Jodeci, The Showtime Brass Band, and the Kevin Gullage Band, edibles treats provided by Diva Dawg, Desire Oyster Bar, Taceaux Loceaux and others, this year's ball is shaping up with great expectations and artistic fluctuation.
The Magnolia Ball will take place, again, on Saturday June 10 @8 p.m. at 925 Camp Street. General tickets will start at just $75 dollars and can be purchased on the museum's website. Summer cocktail attire is required so allow Google to be a help, you know, "asking for a friend."
Check out some of the pics below of past moments of the ball courtesy of Xistence Photography: