The Ogden Museum of Southern Art was packed to the rafters, so to speak, with 850 people who were there for “O What A Night,” a benefit for the museum held Oct. 21.

As a cultural celebration of the South, the party had Arnaud’s, Ralph Brennan’s Restaurant Group and Stella! provide down-home fixings and Republic Beverage donate the libations. Theresa Andersson and her group played for an enthusiastic crowd. And capping it off was a live auction of more than 50 works of art specially created by Southern artists such as William Dunlap, Francis X. Pavy and Katherine Slingluff, to name a few. Assisting with the auction were New Orleans Auction Galleries, Neal Auction Co. and M. Clayton Brown. An on-line auction helped raise even more money.

The museum, which commemorated its third anniversary this past August, is committed to fostering partnerships with art, education and business communities as well as nurturing and contributing to the culture of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The museum has one of largest and most comprehensive collections of Southern art in the world.

On ExhibitEvent co-chairs Jane Goldring and Meryl Rosenbloom

On ExhibitRoger Ogden and Rick Gruber

On ExhibitMerritt Lane, Julia Read, Tim Ryan and Sharon Gruber

On ExhibitTiffany Adler and Bill Goldring

On ExhibitDavid Rae Morris, Joshua Mann Pailet and Butler Burdine

On ExhibitRobert Tannen, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, Stanley Stanisky and Errol Barron