Ancient oaks cast a romantic fervor over the New Orleans Museum of Art’s eighth annual “LOVE in the Garden” celebration on Friday, September 28, where guests dined, drank and danced under the stars in the Sculpture Garden.

The sultry jazz sounds of Sasha Masakowski set the tone for the patron party, and later John Boutte and his famous “Treme Song” started the dancing off further inside the decorated park for the garden party. The 610 Stompers performed their signature moves, priming the crowd to get down to the spins of DJ Soul Sister. Guests also enjoyed unlimited food and libations from more than 30 of the city’s top restaurants and caterers.

NOMA Director Susan Taylor recognized the night’s honorees – local artists George Dunbar, Rashida Ferdinand, Mitchell Gaudet, Miranda Lake and George Schmidt – for their impact on the cultural community of New Orleans. A video display of the artists’ work played throughout the night for partygoers to enjoy.

All proceeds from the successful event benefit NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Funds went to maintenance of the grounds to keep the garden free and open to the public seven days a week.

Event at a Glance
What:  Eighth annual “LOVE in the Garden,” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
When: Friday, September 28
Where: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden