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Light of Love

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden glowed for “LOVE in the Garden.”

Britton and Co-Chair Shelby Sanderford, Fred and Co-Chair Jennifer Heebe and Co-Chair Penny and Al Baumer


For 13 years,” LOVE in the Garden” has fêted visual and culinary artists in New Orleans with a whimsical evening of food, spirits and entertainment in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s renowned sculpture garden. Money raised supports the world-class exhibition and education programs at NOMA.

The LOVE Artist Honorees were Elenora Rukiya Brown, Skylar Fein, Gene Koss, Ashley Longshore, Alexa Pulitzer and Josephine Sacabo.

This year, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden glowed with illuminated birds by Lightwire. Guests meandered through the garden, enjoying exquisite cocktails and cuisine from more than 60 local restaurants and caterers, as well as food trucks serving late-night fare. Musical entertainment included the Storyville Stompers Brass Band, MoJEAUX and DJ Nikki Pennie, who moved guests to dance the evening away under the stars.

The third annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge featured 10 local top bartenders: Roger Blais of Polo Club Lounge – Windsor Court Hotel; Tyler Chauvin of Tréo; Nick Detrich of Cane & Table; Abigail Gullo of Compére Lapin; Paul Gustings of Empire Bar – Broussard’s; Chris Hannah of French 75 – Arnaud’s; Chris McMillian of Revel; T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit; Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Three Muses; and Daniel Victory of Victory. First Place Overall was awarded to Chris McMilla, and Second Place Overall went to Roger Blais.

Penny Baumer, Jennifer Heebe and Shelby Sanderford served as Co-Chairs and approximately 1,400 attended the event.


What: “LOVE in the Garden,” presented by Whitney Bank benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art
When: Friday, September 23
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden


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