Honoring strong female voices in abstract art in the American South, this year’s “Magnolia Ball” celebrated the Ogden Museum of Southern Art exhibition, “The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction.” The Whole Drum Will Sound was drawn primarily from the Ogden’s permanent collection.

Chairmen included David T. Baker, Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci, Jessie Schott Haynes and Emily Shaya.

The kickoff party took place at Bond Moroch.

At the “Magnolia Ball,” a handmade arch composed of colorful hoops in varying sizes and illuminated by twinkling lights adorned the building entryway, designed by Ogden Museum staff. Guests enjoyed a VIP lounge and O lounge, both decorated with bright accents and modern furniture. Guests visited food stations, enjoyed the photo booth, perused the silent auction and danced to an impressive music lineup including: DJ G-Cue, DJ Kelly Green, DJ Legatron Prime, DJ RedStylez, DJ Heel Turn, DJ Crushed Velvet and The Original Pinettes Brass Band.

The event’s 20 restaurant sponsors included Aunt Sally’s Pralines, Buddy B’s, Chais Delachaise, Dickie Brennan & Co., Eat New Orleans, Highly Seasoned Catering, Manolito, Marjie’s Grill, Meauxbar, Messina’s Catering, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Palate New Orleans, Restaurant R’Evolution, Saba, Salon by Sucre, Silk Road, St. James Cheese Company, Taceaux Loceaux and Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse.

The silent auction included 100 items. Two very popular items were Bow Out by Alexis Walter and a seven-night stay in Asheville, North Carolina. The art included in the auction was by women artists living and working in the American South.

Event at a Glance

What: “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Where: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Saturday, June 9

Philanthropic Fun: Strong Southern Women

Annie Fife, Kara Fisher, Chairman Emily Shaya and Chris Robertson

Philanthropic Fun: Strong Southern Women

Mike Schott, David Kerstein and museum Director William Pittman Andrews

Philanthropic Fun: Strong Southern Women

Andrew Folse and artist Natalie Domingue

Philanthropic Fun: Strong Southern Women

Kristen Nelson, Artist Sarah Martzolf and Hayley Bumpas

Philanthropic Fun: Strong Southern Women

Bonnie Maygarden and Kennth Wu