MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Art Ball

When 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson announced “All That Glitters” as the theme for the Dallas Museum of Art’s annual fundraising gala, they set the mark for the art-loving set to razzle dazzle. And, boy, did they ever rise to the occasion!

Lee and Ann Hobson

Jennifer Karol and Merry Vose

Despite the late season cool front that swept through the area, there were plenty of gents in white evening jackets and gorgeous beauts in beautiful gowns on Saturday, April 22.

Brooke Hortenstine, Peter Brodsky, Nancy Rogers, Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway, Lael Brodsky and Reed Robertson

With the weekend appearing to be a bit rainy, why not check out the faces and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. There are more than 70 of ‘em.

Dallas Museum Of Art’s 2017 Art Ball Patron Party Was An Impressive Turnout Of Fabulous Fashions And Art Lovers At Forty Five Ten

Lee and Ann Hobson

The beautiful people found themselves right at home on Thursday, April 13, at Forty Five Ten for the 2017 Art Ball patron party. While guests were requested to park at the lower entrance, some opted for the auto courtyard on Elm Street. Didn’t matter, except Art Ball Co-Chair Ann and Lee Hobson were at the Main Street entrance.

Instead of the sunflower yellow dress she had worn the week before at the Art Ball live auction reveal at Grange Hall, Ann was in a pumpkin orange dress. But she still had a sunflower touch — her adorable purse.

Models playing backgammon in Forty Five Ten fashions

While local and tourist types gaped from the sidewalk, the true-blue beauts — about 150 of them — charmed around. To remind the patrons of the romantic French flavor of the April 22 gala at the Dallas Museum of Art, models in glorious gowns created tableaus playing backgammon, reading up on game playing, and looking just downright elegant.

Derek and Christen Wilson and Brian Bolke

Equally elegant were the likes of Christen and Derek Wilson, Forty Five Ten proprietor Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Catherine and Will Rose, Gonzalo Bueno, Agustin Arteaga, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime, Rajan Patel, Logan Waller, Fanchon and Howard Hallam and Gonzalo Bueno.

Agustin Arteaga and Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime

Rajan Patel

Howard and Fanchon Hallam

Will and Catherine Rose

For more photos of the beautiful peeps and fashions, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Art Ball Patron Party

Lee and Ann Hobson

Leave it to those art-loving Art Ball types. They simply don’t know how to have a blah get-together. Leading up to the April 22 fundraising gala at the Dallas Museum of Art, 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson had the patron party at Brian Bolke‘s Forty Five Ten on Thursday, April 13.

Models playing backgammon in Forty Five Ten fashions

With models in fabulous evening gowns playing backgammon as if they were in a French chateau’s game room, the guests got in the mood for “All That Glitters.”  Needless to say, there was a lot of gawking from the sidewalk from passersby.

And, yes, you guessed it. The post is in its final stages, but the faces and fashions can be seen over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Philanthropist Sherwood Wagner Turned Her Preston Hollow East Mansion Into A Floral Delight For The Art In Bloom Patrons

Sherwood Wagner does nothing on a mini-scale level. So, the Art in Bloom patron guests had quite a flora experience at her Preston Hollow East home-sweet-home on Saturday, March 25. Just a hint were the floral petals creating a carpet of dazzling colors leading to Patron Party Co-Chair Sherwood’s chateau. But once inside and squeezed through the throng, the 100 guests discovered the banister to the second floor and overlooking the downstairs was covered in a blanket of flowers. Why, even the statues held bouquets of roses!

Sherwood Wagner, René van Rems and Barbara Averitt

Surrounded in the dining room was Art in Bloom speaker René van Rems. If the word “flirtation” ever need a visual definition, René could fit the male version and Sherwood the female.

But Dutch-born René was more than just cute. He was set to demonstrate various works of floral art at the Dallas Museum of Art the following Monday, thanks to Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin and Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg.

Jill Goldberg and Sarah Jo Hardin

Capera Ryan

Also on hand at the Wagner mansion were Barbara Bigham, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Capera Ryan and Patron Party Co-chair Barbara Averitt. Alas, Patron Party Co-Chair and Sherwood’s buddy Marena Gault was out of town.   

Start Working Out Because A Weekend Of Fundraising Gala Collisions Lies Ahead

Côtes du Coeur (File photo)

Well, yuck! North Texas is preparing to have one of those fundraising collision weekends. Drat!

On Saturday, April 22, two major, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious events are taking place. The wine-loving types will be at the Omni Dallas for the American Heart Association graze and gaze with a corral full of chefs and more wines than California could produce for Côtes du Coeur thanks to Co-Chairs Kelly and David Pfeil.

Art Ball 2016 (File photo)

Over at the Dallas Museum of Art, new kid-on-the-block (aka Eugene McDermott Director) Agustin Arteaga will be introduced to fundraising Dallas-style with the 2017 Art Ball. With Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson at the helm and the taste of romantic France via “All That Glistens,” it’s pretty darn obvious that it’s gonna be a night of killer fashions, food and fantastical auction items. The tent is already being erected next to the DMA.

Trammell S. Crow

2016 Children’s Cancer Fund (File photo)

And Friday is just as bad. Here, the EarthxGlobal Gala folks moved their big soiree from Saturday to Friday night to avoid the Art Ball/Côtes du Coeur traffic jam. Only problem: there’s still another mega fundraiser — Children’s Cancer Fund — taking place at the Hilton Anatole that night with kids and celebrities on the runway.

Oh, dear! What is one to do? Do two-a-night and then hit the after-soiree stop — Whataburger?

If either any of ‘em sounds to your liking instead of the same-old Friday and Saturday night sock-sorting and grilling steaks, there are still tickets available. Here’s the one for Côtes du Coeur and here’s the one for Art Ball. Either way you can win!

Horse racing (File photo)

BTW, if you think Sunday is gonna be any better, think again. The Retina Foundation‘s Racing for Sight at Lone Star Park is on a collision course with the Nasher Sculpture Center‘s Great Create.

The Great Create (File photo)

It just ain’t fair!

High-Powered Crowd Celebrates New DMA Director Agustin Arteaga And Exclusive U.S. Exhibition of Mexican Modernists

The crowd gathered at the Dallas Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 8, was a distinguished one, befitting the auspicious occasion. Including such luminaries as 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Roger Horchow, Monica Alonzo, Chris Heinbaugh, Janie and Cappy McGarr, Jonathan Martin, Jeremy Strick, Max Wells and Terrell and Jim Falk, the group had assembled to celebrate the curatorial debut of the museum’s new Eugene McDermott Director, Dr. Agustin Arteaga.

Ann and Lee Hobson

Cappy and Janie McGarr

Allen Questrom

Laura Wilson

Agustin Arteaga

And, what a debut Arteaga was curating: the exclusive U.S. presentation of an art exhibition called Mexico 1900-1950, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco And the Avant-Garde, featuring 189 works by 66 artists. The exhibit, which debuted last October at the Grand Palais in Paris, will be on display at the DMA through Sunday, July 16. It’s supported by Patron Tequila and presented in partnership with Dallas’ Latino Center for Leadership Development, which was founded by Jorge Baldor.

Mexico 1900-1950 guests

The opening celebration was a first opportunity for many to see and greet Arteaga, who came to Dallas last year after serving as director of the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, one of Mexico’s largest and most prominent cultural institutions. He was flanked on a raised stage at the DMA by fellow hosts Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the DMA’s board of trustees, and DMA Board Chair Melissa Foster Fetter, as well as by Consul General of Mexico in Dallas Francisco de la Torre Galindo, Director General of International Affairs Jimena Lara Estrada, Patrón’s Director of Brand Innovation Carlos Boughton and Baldor (who told the crowd, “It’s nice to see so many brown faces at the DMA”).

Jorge Baldor, Melissa Foster Fetter, Austin Arteaga, Catherine Marcus Rose, Jimena Lara Estrada, Francisco de la Torre Galindo and Carlos Boughton

The exhibition of modernist paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, and film, the DMA’s new director explained, was put together in just three months to showcase an “artistic movement that took the world by surprise. … We made it on time,” he added, “and hopefully within the budget!” Arteaga also said the exhibition was only able to come to the U.S. with the Mexican government’s special permission, which had been secured by Maria Christina Garcia Cepeda, the Secretaria de Cultura de Mexico. The cultural secretary had planned to attend the March 8 Dallas event, the director added, but her trip had to be postponed after President Enrique Pena Nieto asked her to appear at a special women’s day event in Mexico City. So, Arteaga promised, “She’ll be here tomorrow.”

2017 Art Ball’s “All That Glistens” Eight Live Auction Items Revealed

Peggy Sewell, Agustin Arteaga and Ann Hobson

Rajan Patel and Jennifer Karol

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball is one of the knock-it-out-the-park fundraising galas of the year. Not only is it set at the DMA, but the guests just have a certain panache in the glamorama category. One of the highlights of the black-tie evening is the live auction of amazingly curated items.

Last night, Art Ball’s “All That Glistens” Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson along with their Auction Co-Chairs Rajan Patel and Merry Vose held a reveal party at Grange Hall for folks like DMA Board of Trustees Chair Melissa Foster Fetter, new grandmamma Peggy Sewell, always young-and-beautiful Jennifer Karol, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and DMA Director Agustin Arteaga. Each of the elegant eight auction items was beautifully displayed on tables in the restaurant. But what else would you expect from this group?

Here is the lineup of the goodies that Christie’s Auction House President Brook Hazelton will be auctioning off on Saturday, April 22:

  • ¡ HOLA, AGUSTIN!”* — He’s hardly unpacked his bags and DMA Eugene McDermott Director Agustin Arteaga is already slated to be on the road again. He’ll guide the lucky winner on a tour of the world-renowned Guggenheim Bilbao in San Sebastian, Spain. After seeing the sights of this incredible museum, it will be lunch at a three-star restaurant to break bread, sip wine and discuss art with Agustin. During their three-day stay in San Sebastian, the winner will “bunk down” in the luxurious Hotel Maria Cristina. As for where to eat, toss the Frommer’s Travel Guide. World traveling foodie Cindy Rachofsky will take care of restaurant selections and rezzies.

Compliments of Hotel Maria Cristina, Guggenheim Bilbao, Cindy Rachofsky and Strong Travel Services

¡ Hola, Agustín!*

Foodie Fantasy*

  • “FOODIE FANTASY” † — Two new restaurants are slated to join the Highland Park Village cuisine collection this year. For a sneak peak, Chef Nick Badovinus and Chef Julian Barsotti have cooked up this package for the winner and 12 pals. The tasteful chefs will “execute superbly individual supper experiences six courses including excellent wine and champagne.” Start dieting now!

 Compliments of Julian Barsotti, Nick Badovinus, and Highland Park Village

  • WHEN IN ROME…FENDI ROME EXPERIENCE”* † — Rome is known for the Coliseum, the Vatican and cuisine. But to fashion trendsetters, it’s fashion and leading the pack is Fendi. The winner of this package plus a BFF will spend two nights at the newly renovated Fendi Palazzo Private Suite. And lunchtime will be ala Fendi with a special luncheon at the Fendi Palazzo Prive Apartment. And what would be a Fendi outing be without a “private presentation of Fendi’s Haute Fourrure, as well as customized experiences for guests based on personal interests — perhaps cocktails and/or dinner at a private home or a private tour of the Sistine Chapel?” In addition to a special Fendi gift for each guest, the winner will receive the Fendi Peekaboo Bag by artist Francisco Moreno that will be revealed at the Art Ball.

Compliments of Fendi

When in Rome…Fendi Rome Experience**

Headstart The Holidays With Grange Hall**

  • HEADSTART THE HOLIDAYS WITH GRANGE HALL” — It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays, but who wants the same-old, ho-hum, ho-ho decorations dragged down from the attic? This package will make this year’s giving season a true memory maker thanks to the Grange Hall pros dazzling your digs. That in itself is a $7,500 value. Then to show off your new look, Dallas’ fav Chef Sharon Hage will plan and execute a dinner for 10. (Restriction: Wine and spirits are not included.)

 Compliments of Sharon Hage and Grange Hall

  • THE SUITE LIFE AT LE MEURICE”* — A fashion lover simply cannot arrive in Paris without the appropriate wardrobe. Merry Vose is going to take care of that situation for the winner of this package. Thanks to a $5,000 gift certificate at Canady, she’ll put together such fashions that even the French will be impressed. And rightly so, since this package includes a four-night stay at Le Meurice plus special dinner for two in the hotel’s Alain Ducasse three-Michelin Star restaurant. During the stay, Merry will be the winner’s tour guide for behind-the-scenes of Paris Fashion Week including premium seating at Dior and Celine, plus a private tour of the Hermes family museum inside the flagship store. And what is fashion without jewelry? How about visiting the Parisian private studio-workshop of the queen of contemporary costume fashion jewelry, Marie-Noëlle. If a little breather is needed, an exclusive tour of the gardens of Versailles, including a private tour of the Orangerie of Louis XIV is on the docket.  (Restriction: Dinner does not include wine.)

Compliments of Le Meurice, Céline, Dior, Merry Vose, Canary, Hermès and Strong Travel Services

The Suite Life At Le Meurice**

Life As Royals: Private, Princely, Porcelain**

  • LIFE AS ROYALS: PRIVATE, PRINCELY, PORCELAIN”* — Leave it to the Grange Hall team to take the art of design and dining to a whole new level. They’ve arranged for a two-night stay for two people at the Kempinksi Four Season in Munich and not just for sightseeing. The winner will be treated along with an exclusive VIP tour for up to eight guests of the fame Nymphenburg’s workshops where the world-famous porcelain is made. Afterward His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and his wife, Katrin Beatrix, will host a dinner in the blue room of the manufactory overlooking the Nymphenburg palace. And, no, the royals will not be cooking the meal. They’ll have their private chef prepare the feast that will include wine from the prince’s wine cellar. All of this is in preparation for the Grange professionals’ providing the winner with a $10,000 credit and their advice on designing his/her own custom pattern china.

Compliments of Grange Hall and Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg

  • SANTA’S VILLAGE IN HIGHLAND PARK” — How about being a top-tier Santa Claus this year and getting a load of thank you notes? That’s exactly what’s going to happen for the winner of this package. Instead of a workshop with elves at the North Pole, s/he will have the shops and restaurants at Highland Park Village. For supreme convenience, a personal valet will meet and assist the winner upon arrival and departure between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. And to ease the post-holiday bills letdown, the winner will have $5,000 gift certificates for HPV, Hadleigh’s and Madison, as well as $3,000 for Market and $2,000 to spend on holiday cards customized by Ellis Hill. You’ll look to all your friends like a big spender with spending a penny… unless you want to. To look spectacular during the shopping spree and party season, Frédéric Fekkai will provide weekly manicures and blowouts from November 20 through New Year’s Eve. And don’t worry about ruining that manicure with giftwrapping and bow tying. A personal shopper will arrange for the gift to be wrapped and delivered to the winner’s home.

Compliments of Highland Park Village, Market, Hadleigh’s, Ellis Hill, Madison, and Frédéric Fekkai

Santa’s Village In HIghland Park**

Mon Chateau Privé**

  • MON CHATEAU PRIVE”* † — This package is tailor-made for the most worldly travelers. Imagine having a chateau situated on 154 acres in the South of France with its seven bedrooms plus a butler! How simply marvelous for the lucky 14, who will be able to explore the surrounding nature preserve, visit the neighboring Aries, Avignon, St. Remy and Aix, relax by the pool and/or play tennis after breakfast on the terrace. For the winner of this package, there is also two-night stay for two at the Esprit Saint Germain Hotel in Paris on the way to or from the chateau.

Compliments of Ann and Lee Hobson, Esprit Saint Germain Hotel and Strong Travel Services

* Airfare not included. 
** Graphics provided by 2017 Art Ball
† Mutually agreed upon date(s).

Sold-Out Alert!: 2017 Art In Bloom

Whoops! Yesterday it was reported that no “Sold Outs” had been announced for the spring fundraising season following spring break. Today word arrived that that status had changed.

2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love”*

Not only is the 2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love” hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art League and chaired by Sarah Jo Hardin sold out, but organizers have added an opportunity for those who missed out on the Monday, March 27th event.

Sure, the Art In Bloom guests will get a sneak peak of the “Live Blooming Art Exhibit,” but DMA visitors will be able to check the floral designs “created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection” from Tuesday, March 28, thru Wednesday, March 29, on the DMA’s Level Two.

And how about some name dropping? Well, Art In Bloom can provide ‘em. The exhibition will include the talents of Judy Blackman of Blumengarten, Metka Terselich of Metka Floral Designs, Caroline Hansen of Forestwood Florals, Dan Pierce of Wild about Flowers, Doan Do of Cebolla Fine Flowers, Sarah Hobbs of Park Cities Petals, Juan Gomar of Apples to Zinnias, Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora and David Kimmel of David Kimmel Design.

So, don’t boo-hoo that you can’t attend the presentation by floral industry ambassador René van Rems and lunch on Monday at the DMA. You can still check out “Live Blooming Art Exhibit” Tuesday and Wednesday!

Art In Bloom proceeds will benefit the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, as well as the DMA’s exhibition and education programs.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art League

Dallas Museum Of Art Became A 21st Century “Shaken, Style, Stirred” Speakeasy For 1,200 Femme Fatale Flappers And Dapper Dandies

The Dallas Museum of Art‘s current exhibition “Shaken, Styled, Stirred: The Art Of The Cocktail” provided the inspiration for more than a thousand guests to turn back the clocks on Saturday, February 4, to the Prohibition era. That’s when the right password provided access to the hottest speakeasy in town with music, dancing and naughty adult libations. Luckily, Prohibition is long gone, but the Hamon Atrium was as hot as a jazz baby. Here’s a report from the field:

The Dallas Museum of Art was transformed into a Prohibition-style speakeasy on Saturday, February 4, in celebration of the exhibition “Shaken, Styled, Stirred: The Art of the Cocktail,” an exhibition of cocktail ware from the late 19th century through present day.

Speakeasy in the Hamon Atrium*

Over 1,200 guys and dolls like Gwen and Eddie Lee, Melanie Cooke, Allie and Michael Gillam, Stephanie Gregory, Danielle Wessman, Angela and Kevin Jackson, Maria and Richard Von Horvath, Monica Berry, Sarah Stockton, Holly Bosler, Molly Meyer, Gary Beach, Cassandra Davis, Caitlin and Akers Moore, Jessica and Harl Asaff, Alia Reiners, Linda Snorina, Jack Tosi and Maggie Luttrell arrived in their best roaring-20’s attire and entered through the Museum’s Hamon Atrium. The 18-piece band, the Singapore Slingers, provided the big-band sound as guests enjoyed gaming tables, “French 75” specialty cocktails with ROXOR gin, and a buffet featuring sliders, a fries station with choice of sweet potato fries, regular fries or tater tots served in cones with custom toppings, mini carrot cake and cheesecake bites, and strawberry mousse cups.

Akers and Caitlin Moore and Jessica and Harl Asaff*

Molly Meyer*

Alia Reniers and Linda Snorina*

Gwen and Eddie Lee and Melanie Cooke*

Attendees posed in the nearby photo booth or in in front of the mint-condition period cars from the Dallas Model A Ford Club, posting their mugs on social media with the dedicated #dmaspeakeasy. For those hitting the dance floor, The Rhythm Room instructors provided the steps to 20’s favorites, including the Fox Trot and Charleston.

For VIP’s, the Focus One Gallery provided the perfect Hideaway with DJ Souljah spinning jazz-age hits with a twist, a ROXOR Gin Garden, private gaming tables and dedicated dance instructors. The savory and sweet cocktail buffet featured house-cured Gravlax crostini, dill and mustard dressing, caprese stacks with balsamic and basil, beef and horseradish rolls, home smoked chicken and mango tortilla cups, chocolate mousse shooters, lemon curd tartlets and pineapple upside down cake bites.

Jane Aldridge*

Stephanie and Phillip Robinson*

Mid-way through the evening all the Gatsbys and molls gathered at the main stage for the announcement of the winners of the costume contest. Contest judge and celebrity blogger Jane Aldridge of the Sea of Shoes blog awarded “Best Flapper” to Stephanie Surratt, “Best Dapper Dan” to Bennett Allen and “Best Couple” to Stephanie and Phillip Robinson.

Stephanie Surratt*

Bennett and Katie Allen*

As the fun continued, attendees enjoyed the exhibition that inspired the celebration, “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail.” Featuring nearly sixty works, predominantly from the DMA’s extensive design holdings, the exhibition explores the culture of cocktails and the wares in which they are prepared and served. As well it follows the development of the modern cocktail from the late 19th century to the present day, tracing the stylistic reflections of the rituals of the cocktail’s preparation, presentation, and consumption. “Shaken, Stirred, Styled” features a range of objects, many of which are on view for the first time, including 19th-century punch bowls, Prohibition-era cocktail shakers, and Art Deco and modern barware.

Before the night came to an end, partygoers gathered once more for the announcement of the winners of five fabulous raffle prizes:

  • The Joule Hotel and Midnight Rambler Package: a one night get away in deluxe accommodations at The Joule Hotel with complimentary overnight valet parking and a $100-gift card for food and beverage at the premier craft cocktail bar, the Midnight Rambler.
  • Fossil® Q Wander rose gold stainless+Q Marshal in brown leather
  • Victor Tangos and Bella and Chloe: a $150 shopping spree at Bella & Chloe/Brethren Boutique and a $100 gift certificate to Victor Tangos, home to Rising Star Chef of the Year, Chef Kirstyn Brewer!
  • Ultra-Luxe ROXOR Gin Experience: six tickets to a private curator tour through the Shaken, Stirred, Styled  Then, enjoy an exclusive ROXOR cocktail-making class, perched 19 floors above Klyde Warren Park and the DMA, in a private residence.
  • Arts & Letters Live VIP Package for February 25th event featuring with Jessi Klein, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed series “Inside Amy Schumer”
  • Arts & Letters Live VIP package #2 for May 3rd event, Happy Hour! A talk, cocktail sampling, and performance inspired by “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail.”
* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

Dallas Museum Of Art Speakeasy’s Raffle Is Gonna Be The Bargain Of The Shakened, Stirred And Styled Season

Dallas Museum of Art’s Speakeasy celebrating is going to have such a bargain raffle on Saturday, February 4, at the DMA. If you can afford a cup of coffee at Ascension, you can afford a couple of chance tickets. But first, here is the lineup of the five raffle packages:

  • The Joule Hotel and Midnight Rambler Package:  Lavish in the thoughtful comfort and luxury of The Joule.  With dramatic art installations, unique retail boutiques, a world-class spa, clever design, award-winning food and drinks and some of the best service in town, The Joule is seen as the cultural epicenter of downtown. Enjoy a one night get away in deluxe accommodations with complimentary overnight valet parking and a $100 gift card for food and beverage at the premier craft cocktail bar, the Midnight Rambler. 
  • Fossil® Q Wander rose gold stainless and Q Marshal in brown leather: Q Wander and Q Marshal are Fossil’s newest digital display watches that connects seamlessly to your phone. The tech-savvy dial with touchscreen functionality tracks everything from daily steps to calories. Notifications alert you of incoming calls and texts. *Powered by Android Wear™ (but compatible with iOS and Android wear phones) this smartwatch tracks activity, connects to your favorite apps, receives display notifications, and has customizable faces and interchangeable strap options to fit your style. Noticeable design details include slim lugs on Q Wander and a rugged bezzle on Q Marshal for an updated design look on a smarter watch. 
  • Victor Tangos and Bella and Chloe:  Enjoy a $150-shopping spree at Bella and Chloe/Brethren Boutique. Touting men’s and women’s boho wears, this shop is known for precious metals and stones from all around the world. Bella and Chloe is an American made brand known for the effortlessly cool, unbound, and bohemian soul translating culture through style and youthful freedom. Then stroll across the street to Victor Tangos wear you have $100 on the house! Always in the top ten of places to grab a craft cocktail and savory meal, Victor Tangos is the home to Rising Star Chef of the Year, Chef Kirstyn Brewer!   
  • Martini glass, c. 2001 by Valeri Timofeev*

    Ultra-Luxe Roxor Gin Experience: Six tickets to a private curator tour through the “Shaken, Stirred, Styled” exhibition. Then, enjoy an exclusive Roxor cocktail-making class, perched 19 floors above Klyde Warren Park and the DMA, in a private residence. The owners of this Dallas-distilled gin will explain how gin is made and the unique botanicals used in Roxor. Each guest will enjoy crafting three cocktails, complemented by fashionable hors d’oeuvres. A Roxor memorable experience!

  • Arts & Letters Live VIP package #1Jessi Klein is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed series “Inside Amy Schumer.” Growing up gawkish and a late bloomer, Jessi Klein never identified with the conventional standards of modern femininity. Instead she viewed herself as a tomboy who found her voice through comedy. In her outrageously funny and unapologetically candid breakout book, “You’ll Grow Out of It,” Klein compiles a perceptive collection of confessional essays that offer readers a relatable glimpse into exactly what it means to be a woman in today’s world.  Package winners will receive reserved seating, tickets to the event, one copy of the book, and fast track passes for the book signing following the event.   Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.              
  • Arts & Letters Live VIP package #2:  Arts & Letters Live presents “Happy Hour!” A talk, cocktail sampling, and performance inspired by “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail.”  6:15-7:00 p.m. Pre-performance talk/Q&A and cocktails in the DMA’s Founders Room with David Wondrich, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cocktails and their history; author of the book Imbibe!, which won a James Beard Award.   7:30 p.m. Happy Hour! Performance: The DMA’s exhibition “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” packs just the punch required for five acclaimed musicians to create an adventurous concoction of rhythm, music, and text, to be enjoyed responsibly for one night only. Songs will range from Mozart, Offenbach, and Verdi to Cole Porter and Joni Mitchell. This marks the ninth collaboration of Arts and Letters Live with artistic programmer Ryan Taylor, whose creative process combines art, music, and literary excerpts.  Package winners will receive two tickets to the pre-event talk/Q&A, cocktails, a copy of the book “Imbibe!,” reserved seating,  and two tickets for the performance.  Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sounds good. But let’s think about stupendous great. Chance tickets will be going for $1 each. Hello? One buck? Ten dimes? Yup! And to make it even better and easier for shy types, the raffle tickets are available online, so you don’t have to chat it up with anyone.

The winners will be announced at 11 p.m. the night of the fundraiser, but you don’t need to be present to win.

Martini glasses (File photo)

But then you’ll want to be on the scene. Besides blushing and hollering when your name is called, you’ll want to be part of the jazz babies, who are going to be adding to the “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail.”

So, why not splurge and go high hog with VIP tickets for the party, buy a fistful of chance tickets and party the night away?

BTW, get there early because self-parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MySweetWishList: 2017 Art In Bloom

According to Art in Bloom 2017 Chair Sarah Jo Hardin,

Sarah Jo Hardin*

Sarah Jo Hardin*

“My wish is that everyone will make plans to join the Dallas Museum of Art League for Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love, an annual floral symposium and luncheon, on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Museum at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds support the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

“Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg and I, along with the DMA League, are delighted to have world-renowned floral designer René van Rems as our featured symposium speaker. As a highly regarded ambassador of the floral industry, René has led design shows, workshops, and seminars throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on the styling of fresh-cut flowers.

“Following the symposium attendees will enjoy a seated lunch, a style show by Luxury Fashion Show sponsor, St. John, a silent auction and a raffle, and the inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Level 2 European galleries featuring a unique display of floral arrangements, created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom patrons will be the first to preview the show, with the exhibition remaining on view for DMA visitors through Wednesday, March 29.

“Sponsorships begin at $2,500 and individual tickets are $250.  For more information, please contact the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1249, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage. I hope to see you on March 27 in the new year!”

-By Sarah Jo Hardin, 2017 Art In Bloom chair

* Photo provided by Dallas Museum of Art League

2017 Art Ball Reveal Guests Happily Settled Into Cathy Kincaid Hudson’s So Comfy Cottage

Lee Hobson

Lee Hobson

Ann Hobson (File photo)

Ann Hobson (File photo)

Unlike last year’s Art Ball announcement party at Lisa Blue Baron’s sprawling estate, 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson opted for small and special on Thursday, October 27, to reveal plans for the Dallas Museum of Art black-tie fundraiser. And they knew just the person to provide it — interior designer Cathy Kincaid Hudson’s home-sweetest-home.

Blending the charm of a European cottage with comfy chairs that seemed to beg for settling into the art on the walls, it was the type of bungalow that any movie screenwriter envisions as perfection.

Jeff Byron, Cathy Kincaid Hudson and Kevin Hurst

Jeff Byron, Cathy Kincaid Hudson and Kevin Hurst

Ah, but the adorable digs had way so much more. Just behind the fenced backyard was the pool and the marvelous guest house.

When Cathy was asked about her home, she told how she had only been there a couple of years. Her previous residence on Mockingbird had been lost to a fire.

David and Ann Sutherland

David and Ann Sutherland

But now she was nicely settled in with her pooches, cats and chickens.  

Only problem of the night was trying to squeeze through the crowd of guests like Brooke Hortenstine, Jeff Byron, Kevin Hurst and last year’s Art Co-Chairs Ann and David Sutherland.

As for the announcement, the date is Saturday, April 22, when Ann and Lee will turn the DMA into “All That Glitters” a la “Flowers in a Case With Two Doves.” Think romantic at the DMA. 

And start saving those pennies, because the live auction is going to be curated by Merry Vose and Rajan Patel, so it’s bound to be a beaut.

Tickets and sponsorships are available now. Love the levels — Versailles, Vaux-Le-Vicomte, Saint-Germain, Bagatelle, Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud and Table Du Maire et/Ou Directeur.

Vive la France et DMA!

2017 Art In Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin Reveals Plans For Dallas Museum Of Art March Fundraiser

Plans for the 2017 Art in Bloom fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art were unveiled at Highland Park Village’s St. John back on Wednesday, October 19, completed with champagne. Here’s a report from the field:

The Dallas Museum of Art League unveiled details for “Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love,’ at a recent cocktail reception held at St. John in Highland Park Village on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mark and Sarah Jo Hardin

Mark and Sarah Jo Hardin*

Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin and Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg welcomed 35 host committee members in celebration of the upcoming annual floral symposium and luncheon set for Monday, March 27. Proceeds from the event support the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

Jill Goldberg and Linda Ivy*

Jill Goldberg and Linda Ivy*

Attendees enjoyed champagne and canapés as they shopped St. John’s fall collection.  Mrs. Hardin gathered the crowd mid-way through the evening to share exciting details about Art in Bloom 2017, which will feature world-renowned Dutch-born floral designer and educator René van Rems as the symposium speaker. The venue for the announcement party was no coincidence as she also unveiled that St. John will be the 2017 Luxury Fashion sponsor. 

Additionally, the 2017 event will include an inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Level 2 European galleries featuring a unique display of floral arrangements, created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom patrons will be the first to preview the show, with the exhibition remaining on view for DMA visitors through Wednesday, March 29.

Ms. Hardin extended her gratitude for the host of the evening, St. John, as well as all sponsors to date, host committee members in attendance and volunteers. Honorary chairman Jill Goldberg followed to add her thanks, especially to Ms. Hardin for her time and commitment as event chairman.

As the evening came to an end, the winner of a $250 St. John gift card was announced…. Emily Maduro!

Kay Weeks and Dyann Skelton*

Kay Weeks and Dyann Skelton*

In attendance at the Art in Bloom 2017 kickoff party were Mark Hardin, Jamie Hermosillo, Linda Ivy, Stacey McCord, Diane Byrd, Emily Maduro, Nancy Cates, Kay Weeks, Venise Stuart, Dyann Skelton, Dixie Marshall, Ilene Greene, Shannon Callewart, Jeanette Huff and Valerie Jarvie.

Sue Ringle, Therese Rourk  and Dixie Marshall*

Sue Ringle, Therese Rourk and Dixie Marshall*

“Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love” will include a reception and symposium with René van Rems followed by a seated lunch, style show by St. John, silent auction, the inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit and book signing by Mr. van Rems. Sponsorships begin at $2,500, individual tickets are $250, and are on sale now. For more information, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214.922.1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at www. dma.org/support-fundraising-events/art-bloom.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

Jazz Babies Will Rouge Their Knees When Dallas Museum Of Art Becomes A Speakeasy To Celebrate The Art Of The Cocktail

Gee, whiz! That first weekend in February is already starting to look busier than a bootlegger during Prohibition. Just announced was Mary Parker’s receiving the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the Dallas Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, February 3, and then there’s the Super Bowl down in Houston on Sunday, February 5.

Martini glass, c. 2001 by Valeri Timofeev*

Martini glass, c. 2001 by Valeri Timofeev*

Wedged between Friday and Sunday, the Dallas Museum of Art will become a “Speakeasy” on Saturday, February 4, to celebrate the “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” exhibition presently underway at the DMA.

Sure, the showing of cocktail ware from the late 19th century kicked off Saturday, November 12, but if you wait until February 4, you’ll be able to wear that snazzy, jazzy roaring 20’s attire for Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge to judge for prizes.

As for the fun, the Hamon Atrium will be the spot for craft cocktails with “delicious nibbles,” music by the Singapore Slingers, dance tutorials by The Rhythm Room professionals, gaming tables and a photo booth.

For the highrollers, the Focus One Gallery will be transformed into the VIP Hideaway with an open bar, premier seating, a complimentary ROXOR Gin Garden, more yummies, private gaming tables, “jazz-age hits with a twist, dedicated dance instructors and more.”

Entry tix for cool cats and kittens to the Speakeasy plus two drink tickets are going for $50 for DMA members and $65 for non-members. Big daddies and fabulous flappers will be able to get into the VIP Hideaway and the Speakeasy for $90 for DMA members and $100 for the non-members.

BTW, to make parking for the night simple, it will be self-parking on a first-come, first-self-parked basis.

So, practice the spit curls and pull out your spats because the 20’s are going to be the bee’s knees.

* Photo provide by Dallas Museum of Art

JUST IN: 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann And Lee Hobson Announce Gala’s Theme And Deets

Ann Hobson

Ann Hobson

Leave it Dallas Museum of Art 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson to know the perfect setting to announce plans for the 2017 Art Ball benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art. Last night, they borrowed interior designer Cathy Kincaid Hudson’s way too adorable “cottage” for the announcement party that was filled to the rafters. The full write up is yet to come, but here is the news.

The theme for the Saturday, April 22nd fundraiser at the DMA will be “All That Glitters,” but don’t go thinking John Travolta and mirrored balls. Rather, dream about the romance of spring in Paris and envision the sights, sounds and fragrances.

Flowers in a Vase With Two Doves by François Lepage*

Flowers in a Vase With Two Doves by François Lepage*

It’s a perfect tie-in with the DMA’s “most recent acquisition, ‘Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves,’ by 19th-century French painter François Lepage.”

Event producer Todd Fiscus will be handling the interpretation of the theme for the evening’s black-tie gala at the DMA including “a cocktail hour inspired by one of the Champs-Élysées’ most iconic landmarks, The Grand Palais.”

And what would a Paris-themed event be without delicious food? Not to worry. Cuisine queen Cassandra will be in the kitchen cooking up a storm for “a lavish multi-course seated dinner.”

Ah, and, of course, just a touch of mystery was hinted at about the after-dinner activities. Though, the indication is for “Texas-sized surprises.”

The Hobsons picked the perfect worldly types — Merry Vose and Rajan Patel — to curate the live auction.

According to Ann, “I’m very proud to be part of an event that supports the DMA, especially its commitment to free general admission, access, and educational programming.  All of the money raised by the Art Ball goes to toward the operating budget that supports access to art. Unfettered access to art is a cause that is very near to my heart, and it is my hope that this year’s Art Ball will allow us to share the Museum’s beautiful collection and educational resources with more visitors than ever before in 2017.”

* Graphic provided by Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum Of Art’s Junior Associates Kicked Off Membership Drive At Eagle Family Plaza

Dallas Museum of Art’s Junior Associates’ Co-Chair Rachel and Michael Osburn have made themselves right at home in the DMA’s brand spanking new Eagle Family Plaza. To rev up memberships, they held a kick-off party on Saturday, August 27, in the Plaza complete with all types of news, fun, giveaways and, of course, a non-stop photo booth. Here’s a report from the field:

On Saturday, August 27, the DMA Junior Associates kicked off the 2016-2017 year with a tailgate-themed celebration at the DMA, taking full advantage of the Museum’s new Eagle Family Plaza. Party-goers snacked on sliders, mini tacos, and French fries in newspaper cones while sipping on watermelon and strawberry sangria.

Eagle Family Plaza*

Eagle Family Plaza*

On the Plaza, guests like Allison and Matthew Eagan, Jenifer Klos, Mary and Yair Frenkel, Sally Pretorious Hodge and Adam Hodge, Tyler Levy, Amanda Hyde, Bhavesh Pranav, Andrea Cheek, Rachel Nash, Kate Landrum and Laura Oslick challenged each other to games of bean bag toss and giant Jenga while enjoying one of the last days of summer.

Allison and Matthew Eagan*

Allison and Matthew Eagan*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn unveiled an exciting calendar of events for the year—prompting nearly two dozen new Junior Associates to join during the festivities. Giveaways from Diane von Furstenberg and Denim and Soul added to the enthusiasm of new members and a photo booth by Flashbox Photobooth ensured everyone would remember the fun-filled evening.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

2017 Art In Bloom Is Going Dutch With Ambassador Of The Floral Industry René Van Rems In March

The Dallas Museum of Art is having a sizzling summer. First the announcement came out that Ann Hobson would be chairing the 2017 Art Ball. Then it was revealed that Museo Nacional de Arte Director Agustín Arteaga had been tapped to be the Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA.

Jill Goldberg*

Jill Goldberg*

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Now the Dallas Museum of Art League has just sent word that its annual Art in Bloom is right in place with Sarah Hardin serving as chair. She’s already arranged for Jill Goldberg to serve as honorary chair.

The fundraiser floral symposium and luncheon will be held at the DMA on Monday, March 27, starting with the symposium at 9:30 a.m.

René van Rems*

René van Rems*

As for the guest speaker, it will be René Van Rems, who is regarded as the “world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry.” While he has called San Diego his home “ever since he landed there as an exchange student” 20 years ago, he was born in Amsterdam and “formally educated in the entire spectrum of Floriculture/Horticulture through his studies at Rijsmiddelbare Tuinbouwschool (just try to pronounce that) at Aalsmeer” and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, as well as London.

Being right at home at the podium or in front of television cameras, René has been featured in a number of national publications (Sunset Magazine, Flowers And Magazine, Floral Management, etc.).

In the awards category, he was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Francis Jones Poetker Award in 1995 and was recognized in 2009 with the American Institute of Floral Designers’ Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry. Why, the Los Angeles Flower Market even made him the recipient of the first annual René van Rems Award for excellence in design education.

After you get your reservation, you might want to check out one of Rene’s books.

JUST IN: Ann Hobson To Chair 2017 Art Ball

Ann Hobson (File photo)

Ann Hobson (File photo)

If Dallas had an All-American poster gal, Ann Hobson would be a finalist if not the winner. In addition to the killer smile, the great cheekbones and the twinkling eyes, the blonde actually has even more going for her. There’s her fabulous taste (example: the Hobsons’ home-sweet-home), her smarts (Duke grad, don’t you know) and her cutie-pie Ivy Leaguer husband Lee Hobson and three kiddos. And then there’s her involvement in the community that has ranged from VNA, Episcopal School of Dallas, TACA to the Dallas Museum of Art.

That last one is going to take full advantage of Ann’s time and talents in the year ahead, since she’s just been named to chair the 2017 Art Ball. But don’t worry about Ann. She’s an old hand at throwing soirees at the DMA. Just back in 2013, she co-chaired the Museum’s polished Silver Supper with present DMA Chairman of the Board Melissa Fetter.

While details are still being worked out, there will still be the auction, seated dinner and dancing. So, put Saturday, April 22, on your “must-attend” list. If it follows Ann’s usual POA, the gala will be smart, elegant and fun.

2016 Art Ball Dazzled With All Types Of “Pluses” By Design

As sleek, slim and concise as a laser beam, the 2016 Art Ball was true to its theme of “Art+Architecture” on Saturday, April 23. Unlike years past of lavish videos, entertainment by the likes of John Legend and Solange Knowles and tables filling the tent to its seams, this year there was a sense of elegant efficiency. Rather than spreading the main gala to various parts of the museum property, this year the whole kit-and-caboodle of the main gala was confined to the tent. Instead of more than 600 of the beautiful peeps, it was a good-looking crowd of 450 who felt right at home with their fundraising friends. As Carol Glendenning put it, “This is fun because a lot of our friends are here!”

Why, even the idea of using the plus sign (“+”) in the theme was an indication that it was going to be an occasion of keeping things neat and trim while blending design and artwork. And that “+” would play into event producer Todd Fiscus‘ masterplan for the night.

Ann and David Sutherland

Ann and David Sutherland

Catherine and Will Rose

Catherine and Will Rose

Walter and Laura Elcock

Walter and Laura Elcock

Gonzalo Bueno

Gonzalo Bueno

As guests followed green rugs with white arrows pointing up the concourse, they discovered a red rug with a mega yellow “+” in front of the receiving line that included Event Co-Chairs Ann and David Sutherland, DMA Board President Catherine Rose and husband Will Rose and Laura Elcock and husband/DMA Interim Director Walter Elcock. Through the doorway that usually leads to the Ross Plaza, the black-tie set walked through a tented walkway between two rows of servers with trays of grownup beverages and entered the reception that gobbled up a fifth of the mega tent. Along one side of the tent were all types of silent auction goodies curated by interior designer Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray. Across the way were bars serving up more libations and a wall of curtains that would not be pulled back until it was dinner time. In the center of the reception area were posh seating arrangements into which the early bird arrivals nestled.

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

Andre Staffelbach and Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Andre Staffelbach and Jo Staffelbach Heinz

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher

Within the hour it was so cozy that the only thing that separated guests was a whiff of perfume. On the concourse, blonde Nancy Rogers swept in with her beautiful posse including Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores and Doug Carnes. Both Nancy and Donna looked whisper thin in gowns especially made for them by Zac Posen… The Bumpas clan was being overloaded with congratulations — Diane Bumpas for her birthday the day before, Stuart Bumpas for receiving the Callier Cares Award and son Joe Bumpas on his engagement to Lizzie Weeks….Forty Five Ten guru Brian Bolke reported that plans were underway for the fall opening of the new specialty store….Sonia Black was all smiles. Seems she had a great send-off before leaving with husband Brian Black for the gala. One of her sons told her that she looked “pretty.”…Dallas Snadon was solo. Husband Daryl Snadon was at the Hockaday father-daughter dance…Nancy Carlson was also husbandless — “Clint is partied out.” Not to worry; she had Rajan Patel to keep her company… With Ashley Tatum on his arm, David Nichols admitted that he had to send his new puppy back to the breeder. It wasn’t the pooch’s fault. She was a doll, but David had to admit that he just wasn’t home enough to provide her with companionship…and then there were Nancy Dedman with Brad Kelly, Jo Staffelbach Heinz and Andre Staffelbach, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Moll and Charlie Anderson, Lucy Billingsley, Barb and Steve Durham, Jan and Jim Showers, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Elaine and Neils Agather, Shelle and Michael Sills, Merry and Chad Vose, Jennifer and John Eagle and Tracy and Ben Lange.

Faisal Halum and Bibi Van Der Velden

Faisal Halum and Bibi Van Der Velden

Jeff and Olivia Kearney

Jeff and Olivia Kearney

Stevie Moore

Stevie Moore

Richard and Jennifer Dix

Richard and Jennifer Dix

On the fashion front, Mary McDermott Cook proved that dressing could be artful by wearing a skirt covered with strands that glowed in the dark… And speaking of dazzling and glittery, Faisal Halum was surrounded by star power thanks to out-of-town celebs include entertainer Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, Amsterdam-based jeweler Bibi Van Der Velden and designer Adams Lippes, who designed Ann Sutherland’s red gown… As Fort Worth’s Olivia Kearney swept by in a one-shoulder black gown, someone asked who the designer was. Husband Jeff Kearney quipped, “Swiffer.”… Jennifer Dix was in an emerald green Zac Posen that went beautifully with jewelry from her mom and husband Richard Dix… Naturally Elements creative designer Stevie Moore designed her own gown… Instead of a dazzling necklace and earrings, Jennifer Karol wore her “accessory” on her back. Between her shoulder blades was a Chanel faux tattoo of swallows in flight with a diamond necklace in their beaks.

Jennifer Karol's faux tattoo

Jennifer Karol’s faux tattoo

Just as the reception area was starting to push the cozy factor, the curtains opened to the rest of the tent at 8 p.m. At the far end of the room was a stage in yellows, oranges and reds with lush green ferns. A mammoth “red-print” of the DMA and downtown Dallas towered over a yellow backboard with “Art + Architecture” in red on the stage, where DSQ played.

In front of the elevated stage was a gargantuan “+” made of dinner tables for top sponsors. Highlighting these tables were slender, glass vases. Some contained yellow flowers; others had electric candles. How smart! The centerpieces were so tall they didn’t block the view of guests! At the center of the “+” was a floral display that looked like someone had robbed the Arboretum blind. Overhead were chandeliers of Spanish moss.

2016 Art Ball dining room

2016 Art Ball dining room

Like sparkling stars, oversized round tables surrounded the big, old “+” configuration. All of this was staged in two-thirds of the room leaving the Mark di Suvero‘s “Ave” sculpture looking like a wallflower.

Moll Anderson

Moll Anderson

Capera Ryan

Capera Ryan

Candice Romo

Candice Romo

Dallas Snadon and Tracy Cheatham

Dallas Snadon and Tracy Cheatham

Brian and Sonia Black

Brian and Sonia Black

One of the challenges was getting this group to transition from standing-talking mode to sitting-talking-eating status. They just didn’t want to settle down now that they had room to spread out and bump into each other. During this time they discovered Micki and Mike Rawlings, Andy Beal with fiancee Olya Sinitsyna, Candice and Tony Romo, Holly Hutchinson with mom Kathleen Hutchinson and John Nolan, Jeff Grover with Lonnie Jordan, Tracy and Richard Cheatham, Christen Wilson, Bill and Wendy Payne, Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. with Nancy Marcus and Capera RyanSheryl MaasLucilo Pena, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Lionel Morrison.

John Nolan and Kathleen Hutchinson

John Nolan and Kathleen Hutchinson

Olya Sinitsyna, David Weinreb and Andy

Olya Sinitsyna, David Weinreb and Andy Beal

Holly Hutchinson, Jeff Grover and Lonnie Jordan

Holly Hutchinson, Jeff Grover and Lonnie Jordan

Bill and Wendy Payne

Bill and Wendy Payne

Finally with guests in their places, Walter was on stage and welcoming the hundreds, reminding them that “money raised tonight goes into operating expenses, and the hardest money to make is for operating expenses.”

With DSQ violinists playing on the main stage and mini-stages around the room, the first course of the dinner — Maine lobster salad, cara cara oranges, watermelon radish, marble potatoes with tarragon vinaigrette and lemon crema — was served. It was soon followed by a pan roasted Rougié duck breast with honey lavender and blackberry gastrique. Then there was a lull. As guests who hadn’t read their program waited and waited for dessert, they were surprised when the entree (pan-seared loup de mer, handmade herb gnocchi, baby leeks, fava beans, spinach and purple asparagus with truffle butter) appeared before them. Someone nudged their dinner companion and confessed, “I’m full from the duck.” Luckily, the guest gave the fish a try and found more room in his tummy for the entree. Happily, dessert was a light delight — a coconut semi-freddo Popsicle, compress pineapple lime gel, coconut powder and waffle cone.

Brook Hazelton

Brook Hazelton

In the meantime, Ann and David were on stage thanking key people who had supported their chairing the event. They were soon followed by Christie’s Brook Hazelton, who got the live auction underway. Where the “red” print had been, now the items were shown on the screen and Brook was getting paddles to rise, with the Rebecca Warren “Totem” topping the others with a neat $46,000.

Christen Wilson and Lionel Morrison

Christen Wilson and Lionel Morrison

Charles Smith, Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan

Charles Smith, Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan

But the night wasn’t over! After Popsicles were gobbled up and the bidding paddles were all put down, the crowd headed down the Concourse for the after party — “Folly at the Art Ball” — hosted by the Junior Associates and sponsored by Stanley Korshak in the Hamon Atrium and Eagle Family Plaza.

And it wasn’t just the “juniors,” who danced to DJ Lucy Wrubel and the Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra. Nope. Walter took off his jacket and danced the night away with Laura along with Catherine and Will, Andy and Olya, Folly Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn, Alana and Eric Brame, Vodi Cook, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan and the Korshak crew (Janet and Crawford Brock, Bret McKinney and Rose Clark).

This is just a smidgen of the photos from Art + Architecture. Check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for more than 60 pictures of the night.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Art Ball’s Art+Architecture

Ann and David Sutherland

Ann and David Sutherland

From the inclusion of the “+” in the theme — Art+Architecture — there was an early indication the Dallas Museum of Art‘s 2016 Art Ball was headed down a different path than years past. Instead of videos featuring DMA mainstays, Grammy-award winning entertainment and crowding the tent so Mark di Suvero‘s “Ave” sculpture felt claustrophobic, the black-tie DMA fundraiser on Saturday, April 23, somehow maintained the elegance and creativity of the night while Co-Chairs Ann and David Sutherland kept an eagle eye on raising funds.

Adam Lippes, Michael Turchin, Lance Bass and Faisal Halum

Adam Lippes, Michael Turchin, Lance Bass and Faisal Halum

Helping to achieve that were 450 of North Texas’ most glamorous types along with some of out-of-towners like entertainer Lance Bass, designer Adam Lippes and jewelry designer Bibi Van Der Velden.

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

And, of course, there were the always reliable boldface beauties…but you don’t want to just read about them. You want to see ’em. So, head on over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. But be forewarned. There are a lot of them. In fact, there are two pages of the “+” types.

Outstanding Non-Profits Have Posted “Help Wanted” Signs

The Dallas non-profits are looking for a few good folks to head up their organizations. In recent weeks the following nonnies have put out the “Help Wanted” signs for leadership of their organizations:

  • Baylor Scott And White Health
  • Dallas Historical Society
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas Summer Musicals
  • Family Gateway
  • LaunchAbility
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science

While many are preparing for the summer sojourn, search committees are in overdrive to have new leaders in place, hopefully by the fall fundraising season.

The good thing is that these organization will not make their decisions based on a “OMG, we’ve gotta fill this position ASAP.” Rather they put the priority on finding the right person for the right position even if the clock is ticking.

Can’t wait to report about the new leaders-on-the-block!

2016 Art Ball Patrons Partied Among “Couture Construction” At The Joule’s Terrace With Appetizers In Toolboxes, Designer Jeremy Scott And Beautiful Peeps

The collegiate basketball title was over. The politicos were taking a timeout for the night. So, it was perfect timing for the beautiful peeps to get together with fashions and art at The Joule Terrace on the evening of Wednesday, April 6.

To spotlight the poreless folks and artistic clothes, Mother Nature shone a perfect light with equally perfect temperatures. Unfortunately, Uncle Bag of Wind gusted through the open terrace occasionally.

But before the first guests even arrived, they knew something was up. The outdoor entrance to the private lift to the Terrace looked like a construction project with yellow tape and helmeted construction workers. Only on second look did they realize that instead of the tape warning against entering, it read “Couture Zone Ahead” and the hunky construction team was familiar gents from the runways.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

So, the evening’s theme of “Construction” in connection with the Art Ball’s “Art and Architecture” was off and running. But then what would you expect from The Joule’s owner Tim Headington, who was also a major sponsor of the Art Ball and backer of the soon-to-open Forty Five Ten Downtown. Such a smart fella. He and Forty Five Ten czar Brian Bolke just knew that this event would be a feast for those who have taste, love fashion and have an eye for art like DMA Board President Catherine Rose, Elaine Agather, Shelle and Michael Sills, Faisal Halum, Capera Ryan, Gonzalo Bueno, Sharon Young, David Nichols with Ashley Tatum, Jim Showers, Yasaman Djunic, Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt, Erin Mathews with Russ Davis, Diane and Stuart Bumpas, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Suzanne Droese, Barbara Womble with Bob Minyard, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Kendall Kinsman, Anna Bresskaya, Vodi Cook, Cathy Hodges, Christina Nortzon and Mackenzie Brittingham.

Walter Elcock

Walter Elcock

Gonzalo Bueno

Gonzalo Bueno

Shelle Sills

Shelle Sills

Faisal Halum

Faisal Halum

And Brian smartly combined the theme of the night with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s most recent “Dangerous Couture” collection that featured dresses and accessories. In town for the party, Jeremy felt right at home with his clientele and designs everywhere on the Terrace.

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Construction buffet

Construction buffet

From the moment the elevator doors opened, The Terrace was spectacular with delicious appetizers being served in toolboxes and lunchboxes, mountains of shrimp, crab claws and oysters-on-the-half-shell in 100-quart coolers and DJ Lucy Wrubel surrounded by more directional and warning signage than Riverfront at Continental.

Surrounding a headless mannequin in an ice-blue party dress all puffed up thanks to  fluffy petticoat were upside-down orange cones serving as vases for huge balls of yellow flowers and waiters in helmets and orange vests with trays of Moet and Chandon with top cap-coupe adaptors. One guest giggled that sipping champagne via the mini-champagne resulted in bubbles in her nose.

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

Interim DMA Director Walter Elcock was in fine fettle greeting guests with wife Laura Elcock. When asked if there was any chances of his taking on the duties fulltime, he laughed that idea away… 2016 Art Ball Co-Chair Ann and David Sutherland were surrounded by well-wishers for the upcoming April 23 gala at the DMA…Nancy Rogers in shades and a marvelous Moschino coat arrived with hair artisan Michael Flores and ended up chatting with Jeremy, who had designed her gown for last year’s Two By Two fundraiser, and Moschino Director of Communications Pablo Olea in a black jacket and red-and-black pleated skirt/kilts…Architect David Droese reported that work on Forty Five Ten Downtown was moving along quickly for a fall opening…DMA Junior Associates Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn were explaining how Folly After the Ball was replacing its annual An Affair of Art… Moll Anderson in a standout Moschino coat…New homeowner Andy Beal brought along Olya Sinitsyna and his son Ryan Beal…The Joule’s Tim was turning a head or two. Yup, the blonde philanthropist has lost more than 30 pounds and looks healthier and slimmer than ever.

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

For more pictures of the event, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #6: The Best Of Italy

Seriously, is there any spot in the world that oozes fashion, food and fabulous art more than Italy? Didn’t think so. That’s why this 2016 Art Ball package is a foodie-fashionista-fan of the arts’ dream of seven days in heaven. Drop the diet to prepare on the pasta. Here is the ultimate way to experience Italy like others only wish. Pinches on the cheeks not included.

The Best Of Italy (Value: $25,050)

Ulysses wandered the Mediterranean searching for his home. The winner of this 2016 Art Ball package will find the food, fashion and the fabulous places that Ulysses only wishes he could have found.

The Best of Italy*

The Best of Italy*

  • Florence and Fiesole — For starters there’s the former monastery located in Fiesole just outside of Florence. With its fabulous grounds and terraces, it stands today as the marvelous boutique hotel Belmond “Villa San Michele.” So typical of the region, this retreat is surrounded with breathtaking art, natural beauty and cuisine and wines that are right at home in Ital. To help the winners of this package feel right at home, there is a six-hour tour of the area’s highlights like the Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Il Duomo di Firenze.
  • Solomeo — After a couple of nights in Florence, it’s on to Solomeo where Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock and his cashmere loving designer Brunello Cucinelli, whose schedule allows will tell about the history of the village. If Brunello isn’t available, one of his trusted associates will take the helm. If the stars in alignment (May 24 and 25), Crawford will host a private dinner party with Brunello.
  • Rome — Despite being located in the hub of Rome’s active scene, the winner will enjoy the serenity and luxury of Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel located within a 15-acre parkland. In addition to a full day tour of Tome including the Vatican’s Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Naples Kiton Factory Tour — Just down the road there will be a private tour of Naples’ Kiton Factory, where tailors and craftsmen create world-class creations. On this occasion, the package winner will take home a custom-made sports coat and trousers plus a woman’s jacket. Just send that thank-you note to Crawford Brock.
  • Amalfi Coast — The final stop on the Italian adventure will be the Amalfi Coast’s Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. Formerly a 17th century monastery, the hotel has been meticulously “restored into an exclusive 20-room boutique hotel.” Its fabulous spa is perfectly situated against a natural showcase of beauty and enhanced by 21st century advancements in luxurious pampering.

Compliments of Strong Travel Services, Cindy Nesti Black, Villa San Michele and the Belmond Group of London, Crawford Brock of Stanley Korshak, Walks Inside Rome, Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kiton and Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #5: African Safari

2016 Art Ball Live Auction Chair Trisha Wilson practically considers South Africa a suburb of Dallas. Having discovered the wonders and beauty of the land and its people ages ago, the international designer invested her time, talents and ca-ching there by creating Izingwe Lodge. So, naturally Trisha wanted to include her home-away-from-home for the Dallas Museum of Art fundraiser.

Trisha Wilson*

Trisha Wilson*

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #5: African Safari (Value: Priceless)

Located within the 82,000-acrea Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, the incredible Izingwe Lodge has been created with luxury in mind and exploration all around. Three hours north of Johannesburg, the Reserve is where elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, rhinos, zebras and Cape buffalo are free to live.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

For the winner of this package, the open-air Lodge’s two king villas and one double/double villa will be theirs for six days and five nights plus the Boma, “where guests will dine al fresco before a welcoming fire” in the evening. And while the lodge is surrounded by nature’s beauty, the facilities epitomize the ultimate in pampering blended with African art and artifacts. From exquisite linens on the beds to thatched roofs, Trisha knows how to spoil guests beyond expectations.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

As for the wildlife, she has provided ample opportunities to observe them in their natural habitat.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

In addition to the “Hide, a prime location for viewing animals gathered at the nearby watering hole,” the guests will daily have a morning and late-afternoon game drive around the Reserve with an experience game ranger to point out the various species of animals. Don’t forget to bring your camera because your friends aren’t going to believe the sights you’ve seen.

In between tours of the grounds, the guests can either settle back on a private sala (outdoor lounge area), workout in the gym and lounge by the pool.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Compliments of Trisha Wilson

Restrictions: No children under 15. Transportation to Izingwe not included. Dates may be arranged through the donor. Strong Travel Services will provide complimentary trip planning.

* Photos provided by Trisha Wilson and the Dallas Museum of Art