The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) hosted the hi-glam, high-rolling Art Ball 2016: Art + Architecture, on Saturday, April 23. Ann and David Sutherland served as this year’s co-chairs, with Ann in a brilliant red-on-red two-piece confection adorned by minimal yet eye-popping jewelry. Guests, 400 of them, arrived to a red architectural display of the Dallas skyline and an oversized blueprint of the DMA that served as a step and repeat emblazoned with the logos of swank, notable sponsors including Neiman-Marcus, Forty Five Ten, the Joule Hotel, Stanley Korshak, and Christie’s, among other glamorous Dallasites.
Arrivals on the red carpet included entertainment sponsors, Nancy Rogers (incomparable in lime green satin couture and emeralds to die for) and her husband Richard; silent auction sponsors Jennifer and John Eagle (of the Museum’s Eagle Family Plaza); Mayor Mike Rawlings and his wife Micki; Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo and his wife Candice; celeb Lance Bass; art goddess Nancy Nasher; fashion guru Brian Bolke, Christen Wilson, Faisal Halum and after party co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn.
At precisely 7:45pm that evening, a 30-foot tall curtain dramatically opened revealing another spectacular Todd Events masterpiece of contemporary reds, greens, and yellows. Bedecked in sprays of yellow florals, with chandeliers dripping moss, oversized head tables arranged in the shape of a plus tied the room into a glorious sensory wonderland. Getting big dollars from high-rollers requires a mellow relaxed atmosphere, and Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy Cognac made that quite possible. Revelers mingled and bid generously on an eclectic mix of life experiences, art pieces and gorgeous decorative items. During dinner, the Dallas String Quartet provided lively and electric dinner entertainment while patrons feasted on a multi-course lobster, duck and fish dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering. The live auction, assembled by interior architectural designer Trisha Wilson and sponsored by Christie’s, proved a major success with dazzling donations including a Dallas sports package and a Napa Valley Wine country getaway. A stand-out was an African Safari at the Izingwe Lodge, a private South African home on the 82,000-acre Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, located in the Waterburg Mountain region. Raking in the biggest bucks was Nicolas Alquin’s Diapason sculpture, featuring old oak with burned patina and lime; and a Presidential Live Oak, grown at the prestigious Crawford ranch of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
And then it was on to Folly, the Stanley Korshak-sponsored after party…