One hundred years: Slightly more than one-third the age of the city of New Orleans (founded in 1718); two-thirds older than this magazine (celebrating its 15th anniversary this month); and the exact age of one of this city’s most sparkling jewels: the New Orleans Museum of Art.

On Saturday, November 12, join director Susan Taylor, ball chairs Brenda and Michael Moffitt, board president Cameron Mayer and NVC chairwoman Kimberly Zibilich for “2011…a NOMA Odyssey.” Deacon John will take center stage and attendees will be treated to international cuisine, both live and silent auctions, valet parking and the opening of a new exhibition gallery given by NOMA friends and family.

In its first century, NOMA built a world-class collection and an expansive facility, and gained recognition as “the finest art museum in the mid-south.” This year’s ball will mark the opening of “100 4 100: Gifts for NOMA’s Second Century,” an exhibition of additions added to the permanent collection that were given in celebration of NOMA’s first century and the commencement of its second.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Kristen Jochem at the NOMA Volunteer Office by calling 658-4121, emailing kjochem@noma.org or by visiting Noma.org/odyssey2011.html.

Special thanks to director of communications and marketing Grace Wilson and to sculpture garden manager Pamela Buckman of the New Orleans Museum of Art.