We have neared the end of summer and once again, it’s time for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s O What a Night Gala! Thank you to co-chairs Michelle Ogden and Grace Kaynor, as well as to T.G. Solomon for appearing on our cover – Solomon and the Solomon family are this year’s recipients of the Ogden Lifetime Achievement Award. Our cover also features Texas artist Robert Julian Onderdonk’s “Bluebonnet Scene with Girl” (1920), from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/Gift from Roger H. Ogden Collection. This painting is part of the exhibition “Paintings by Robert Julian Onderdonk,” which opens a week before O What a Night on Art for Arts’ Sake, Saturday, October 2. There will be a live auction preview party on Friday, October 8, and the gala itself will take place Saturday, October 9. For more information on all three events, and to purchase tickets, call 539-9616.
Our Registry of Charitable Events is in this issue to help all of you “in the know” to attend as many fundraisers dear to your heart as you can. Be sure to save it for next year if you’re planning a new event so that you won’t compete with a well-established event and make certain that the date you want is free.
This year’s fashionable New Orleanians is a list of “Who’s Who” in the city and, as always, their favorite charities are spotlighted. See what they’re wearing to their favorite events and learn where they shop. Speaking of shopping, check out What’s Hot for Fall Fashion Accessories – you’ll find everything from scarves to shoes.
There is a new store in town: The Blues Jean Bar, located at Mimi’s on Magazine Street. I just went in the other day and talked to former New Orleanian Lady Reiss Fuller who created this store and eight others across the country.
Their motto is, “Make it personal and value the customer,” which they really do! Jeans are her staple and they’re designed to fit every body type and for every age and price point. They also have accessories, including fedora hats, blouses, jewelry and belts. Lady supports many charities through her stores. Go in today; you’ll love it!
The Silver Lining, LLC, is featuring a fabulous event at Republic New Orleans on South Peters Street on September 25 to benefit the Mary Kay Foundation. This is going to be a fabulous fashion show and silent auction of wedding dresses and wedding attire to benefit cancer research and domestic violence prevention. Call Sarah Lima at (318) 820-7370 for tickets.
We would like to specially congratulate Stewart Farnet, and apologize for the omission, as an honoree of the Arts Council’s Community Arts Awards, presented on May 5.
The Louisiana Composers Forum is a free concert at the CAC September 29 at 7 p.m. featuring new works of music by local compsers for a 20-piece orchestra funded by the Arts Council of New Orleans. Visit www.louisianacomposersforum.org for more information.
Please keep spreading the word that our Gulf seafood is safe. The only way our fisherman and their families will be OK is if we continue to buy their products! Eat all your favorite Gulf seafood whenever you can! It is the safest it’s ever been.
Also, please continue to send the petition to restore the Gulf Coast to all of your friends all over the nation; visit www.restorethecoast.com!