It was definitely “O, What a Night,” for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s inaugural gala on Oct. 22 at the museum. The artwork was the décor, so to speak, as were the crowds who packed the five floors of the museum dressed in their finest cocktail attire. Dr. Michael White was the entertainment for the patron hours, during which Commander’s Palace and Café Adelaide passed hors d’oeuvres. The gala showcased the Zion Harmonizers, CK3 and Carol Fran, while Whole Foods Market and Willow Catering picked up the catering pace. Among the silent auction items were specially created pieces by partner-artists from the museum’s collection, that were constructed with a base of either an oak tree wood cut adapted from an Alexander John Drysdale painting, or a fabricated piece by Adam Farrington and Roberto Ortiz incorporating the museum’s “O” logo. Artists were asked to use one of the forms and apply their own artistic vocabulary to them.

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Ken Beer and event co-chair Margaret Beer

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Louise Schreiner and Tim Ryan with Tim Williamson and Marguerite Layrisson

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Orlando Gonzalez and Kara Nelson

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Roger Ogden, Bob Merrick and Drew Jardine