Southern Art for Our Sakes

Oh! What a spectacle to behold. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted a mammoth of a gala to celebrate William “Bill” A. Goldring with its Opus Award, a distinction to honor an activist in art and culture.

The evening began in the museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library with a patron party catered by chef Justin Devillier from Le Petite Grocery and a silent auction including more than 50 works by southern artists. Partygoers proceeded into a tent adjacent to the museum for the seated gala dinner prepared by chef Donald Link and chef de cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb. The program, emceed by Bryan Batt, included a live auction featuring a plethora of precious artwork and a 1989 Mazda Miata that was a gift from Steven Spielberg to John Goodman for his performance in the film Always. An impressive total of 35 musicians entertained guests throughout the evening.

Flowers and decorations were provided by Pompador Productions and Katy Weil, who served as Event Co-Chair alongside Karen Solomon. Event coordination was possible thanks to BBC Destination Management.

Notable attendees included: John Goodman, Helen Miren, Bryan Cranston, C.K. Swett of Heritage Auctions who served as auctioneer, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, artists John Alexander and Bill Dunlap, and Board Members Roger Ogden, Gregory Holt, Dathel Coleman and Fran Villere, and Board Chair Allison Kendrick.

Each guest received an “O” (Ogden) pin from Adler’s Jewelry, compliments of Ogden Museum Board Member Coleman Adler. 


What: “O! What a Night,” benefiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Saturday, October 18
Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art


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