Affair of the Art

Dallas Art Ball 2017 draws glitterati for French-inspired affair

Dallas Art Ball 2017 draws glitterati for French-inspired affair

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman gave Art Ball 2017 some celebrity cred. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki, Kimberly Whitman, Justin Whitman
Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki, Kimberly Whitman, Justin Whitman Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ann Hobson, Lee Hobson
Ann Hobson, Lee Hobson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Stephen Giles, Clarice Tinsley
Stephen Giles, Clarice Tinsley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Katherine Hall, Craig Hall
Katherine Hall, Craig Hall Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Tearlach Hutcheson, Erin Cluley
Tearlach Hutcheson, Erin Cluley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lynn McBee, Allan McBee
Lynn McBee, Allan McBee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Trevor Fetter, Melissa Fetter
Trevor Fetter, Melissa Fetter Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lisa and John Rocchio, Hale and Deedee Hoak
John Rocchio, Lisa Rocchio, Deedee Hoak, Hale Hoak Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Capera Ryan, Brook Hazelton, Debbie Ryan
Capera Ryan, Brook Hazelton, Debbie Ryan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Natalie Lesikar, Patricia Haugen
Natalie Lesikar, Patricia Haugen Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Michael Arnold, Dana Arnold
Michael Arnold, Dana Arnold Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime, Margaret McDermott, Agustín Arteaga
Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime, Margaret McDermott, Agustín Arteaga Photo by George Fiala
Marlene Sughrue, John Sughrue
Marlene Sughrue, John Sughrue Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Peter Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Nancy Carlson, Clint Carlson
Peter Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Nancy Carlson, Clint Carlson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Violinist at Dallas Art Ball 2017
Violinist plays during cocktail hour. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kevin Molarow, Courtney Molarow
Kevin Molarow, Courtney Molarow Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Renee George, Jeff George
Renee George, Jeff George Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Joey Cunningham, Mark Anderson, Dennis Lasiter
Joey Cunningham, Mark Anderson, Dennis Lasiter Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Caricature artist at Dallas Art Ball 2017
A caricaturist was one of two artists present during cocktail hour. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
An artful ball deserves artful food. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Guests assembling in the dining tent prior to the program start. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Pre- and post-dinner activities took place in an adjacent tent. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Attendees posing for pictures on their way in. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Guests checking in for cocktail hour. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Servers standing by with wine and champagne. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Tracy Huntley, David Huntley
Tracy Huntley, David Huntley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Pete Chilian, Brandi Chilian, Cindy Brown, LIndsay Brown
Pete Chilian, Brandi Chilian, Cindy Brown, LIndsay Brown Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Travis Murray, April Murray, Autumn Lee, Derek Lee
Travis Murray, April Murray, Autumn Lee, Derek Lee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Melanie Schoenvogel, Scott Schoenvogel
Melanie Schoenvogel, Scott Schoenvogel Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Anne Hathaway
Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki, Kimberly Whitman, Justin Whitman
Ann Hobson, Lee Hobson
Stephen Giles, Clarice Tinsley
Katherine Hall, Craig Hall
Tearlach Hutcheson, Erin Cluley
Lynn McBee, Allan McBee
Trevor Fetter, Melissa Fetter
Lisa and John Rocchio, Hale and Deedee Hoak
Capera Ryan, Brook Hazelton, Debbie Ryan
Natalie Lesikar, Patricia Haugen
Michael Arnold, Dana Arnold
Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime, Margaret McDermott, Agustín Arteaga
Marlene Sughrue, John Sughrue
Peter Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Nancy Carlson, Clint Carlson
Violinist at Dallas Art Ball 2017
Kevin Molarow, Courtney Molarow
Renee George, Jeff George
Joey Cunningham, Mark Anderson, Dennis Lasiter
Caricature artist at Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Dallas Art Ball 2017
Tracy Huntley, David Huntley
Pete Chilian, Brandi Chilian, Cindy Brown, LIndsay Brown
Travis Murray, April Murray, Autumn Lee, Derek Lee
Melanie Schoenvogel, Scott Schoenvogel

On April 22, the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the 52nd annual Art Ball, its premier fundraising gala. Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson beamed as they welcomed the city’s preeminent supporters to the institution devoted to unfettered access to art for all. No doubt they also were tickled to see starlet Anne Hathaway among the well-heeled guests on this breezy spring evening.

Inspired by one of the museum’s most recent acquisitions — Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves, by 19th-century French painter Francois Lepage — this year’s gala exuded French elegance. Credit for that goes to event-planning master Todd Fiscus, who appeared relaxed and contented, as if everything were executed precisely how he imagined it.

After posing for photos at the step-and-repeat, attendees — including Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Marlene and John Sughrue, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Brian Bolke, Muffin Lemak, Capera Ryan, Lynn and Allan McBee, Megan Bowdon and Joey Wilkinson, Erin Cluley and Tearlach Hutcheson, and Jenny and John Kirtland —made the rounds during cocktail hour. They paused to catch up with friends and posed for the caricature and silhouette artists stationed in the magnificently appointed tent. A violinist provided the soundtrack as the conversation and champagne flowed.

The crowd then moved into the dining tent, where DMA Eugene McDermott director Agustin Arteaga provided opening remarks. This was his first Art Ball in his new role, and he expressed sincere gratitude to the Hobsons for their vision and the guests for their unwavering support. He also sweetly wished Ann a happy birthday, her 50th.

Dinner itself was a masterpiece: Petrossian caviar and potatoes with lemon crema and chives, angel hair pasta with morel mushrooms and quail confit, pan-roasted Rhode Island wild fluke with spring vegetables and tomato fumet, and an assortment of bite-sized desserts that included opera cake with espresso buttercream and chocolate macaron. Because: French.

Also French was the live auction package that drove the bidding to $120,000 — twice: a seven-day stay for 14 guests at a private chateau nestled in a nature preserve in the south of France. The live auction provided some of the best action of the night, in fact. In addition to the $240,000 garnered for this exclusive French getaway, the bidding jumped to $50,000 for a Roman holiday, Fendi-style.

Not too shabby was the $22,000 netted for a foodie fantasy for 12 provided by two of Dallas’ hottest chefs — Nick Badovinus and Julian Barsotti — who are opening restaurants at Highland Park Village.

Over the past 20 years, the Art Ball has raised more than $27 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art’s mission of engaging and educating the community through art.