A Legendary Gala

Art Ball 2014 enchants Dallas with Parisian style and one sexy singer

Art Ball 2014 enchants Dallas with Parisian style and one sexy singer

Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson at Art Ball 2014
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee at Art Ball 2014
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Warren Weitman, Margaret McDermott, Eve Reid at Art Ball 2014
Warren Weitman, Margaret McDermott, Eve Reid Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Tonya Foster, Gina Betts at Art Ball 2014
Tanya Foster, Gina Betts Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Don Daseke, Barbara Daseke at Art Ball 2014
Don Daseke, Barbara Daseke Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Gillian Breidenbach at Art Ball 2014
Gillian Breidenbach Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Models at art at Art Ball 2014
Models-turned-living art. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Melissa Rountree, Robin McMonigle at Art Ball 2014
Melissa Rountree, Robin McMonigle Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Troy Kloewer, Kari Kloewer at Art Ball 2014
Troy Kloewer, Kari Kloewer Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Erin Mathews, Russ Davis at Art Ball 2014
Erin Mathews, Russ Davis Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Trevor Pearlman, Elaine Pearlman, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill at Art Ball 2014
Trevor Pearlman, Elaine Pearlman, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crowd shot at Art Ball 2014
Guests fill the tented sculpture garden for the pre-dinner reception. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum at Art Ball 2014
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Bianca Colgin Watson, Nicolette Lamont, Ginna McLanahan, Brittan Cobb at Art Ball 2014
Bianca Colgin Watson, Nicolette Lamont, Ginna McLanahan, Brittan Cobb Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Kimberly Hays, Alex Ahn at Art Ball 2014
Kimberly Hays, Alex Ahn Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Bartender at Art Ball 2014
Bartender shakes up cocktails during the reception. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Daniel Smith, Wesley Stephens at Art Ball 2014
Daniel Smith, Wesley Stephens Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Walter Elcock, Laura Elcock at Art Ball 2014
Walter Elcock, Laura Elcock Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson at Art Ball 2014
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Champagne lady at Art Ball 2014
Golden girls wheeled around hoop skirts adorned with champagne-filled flutes. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Can can dancers at Art Ball 2014
Can can dancers close out the reception. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith at Art Ball 2014
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Decor at Art Ball 2014
Tom Addis designed the decor. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Table setting at Art Ball 2014
Elegantly set tables prior to dinner. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson at Art Ball 2014
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee at Art Ball 2014
Warren Weitman, Margaret McDermott, Eve Reid at Art Ball 2014
Tonya Foster, Gina Betts at Art Ball 2014
Don Daseke, Barbara Daseke at Art Ball 2014
Gillian Breidenbach at Art Ball 2014
Models at art at Art Ball 2014
Melissa Rountree, Robin McMonigle at Art Ball 2014
Troy Kloewer, Kari Kloewer at Art Ball 2014
Erin Mathews, Russ Davis at Art Ball 2014
Trevor Pearlman, Elaine Pearlman, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill at Art Ball 2014
Crowd shot at Art Ball 2014
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum at Art Ball 2014
Bianca Colgin Watson, Nicolette Lamont, Ginna McLanahan, Brittan Cobb at Art Ball 2014
Kimberly Hays, Alex Ahn at Art Ball 2014
Bartender at Art Ball 2014
Daniel Smith, Wesley Stephens at Art Ball 2014
Walter Elcock, Laura Elcock at Art Ball 2014
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson at Art Ball 2014
Champagne lady at Art Ball 2014
Can can dancers at Art Ball 2014
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith at Art Ball 2014
Decor at Art Ball 2014
Table setting at Art Ball 2014

The city’s most art-minded philanthropists gathered at the Dallas Museum of Art Saturday night for the 2014 Art Ball, which transported attendees to 1920s Paris courtesy of event designer Tom Addis. The très chic evening commenced with a reception in the sculpture garden, where beaming event chair Gina Betts could finally appreciate the fruits of her labors.

To set the tone, models masked behind elaborate headpieces and hand-painted, skin-tight clothing became living works of art, in tribute to Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Equally eye-catching were lovely ladies dressed in head-to-toe gold, who wheeled around gilded hoop skirts adorned with champagne-filled flutes. Talk about a cool party trick.

Just as the artfully dressed crowd — including Anne and Steve Stodghill, Erin Mathews, Russ Davis, Kari and Troy Kloewer, Gillian and Mark Breidenbach, Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum, Barbara and Don Daseke, Warren Weitman, and Eve Reid really began to swell, a rousing performance by a troupe of cancan dancers signaled that dinner was about to begin in the tented Ross Avenue Plaza. The multicourse meal — French pork and chicken pâté, citrus-marinated salmon with confit of navel oranges, and tournedos of beef with foie gras and Roquefort pâté aux pommes de terre — was apropos of the evening’s French theme.

With supporters settled in, DMA director Maxwell L. Anderson took the stage for opening remarks. He offered heartfelt thanks to Betts, gala honorees Jennifer and John Eagle, and honorary chairmen Nancy and Richard Rogers. Then it was time for the live auction, with packages ranging from trips to New York, Napa Valley, Paris and the Galapagos Islands to fine jewels by Sue Gragg and a coveted Hermès Birkin bag.

Once ample funds from the live auction were secured for the museum’s coffers, it was time for the real entertainment to begin: a soulful, intimate concert by Grammy Award winner John Legend. Although it’s nearly impossible to pick just one highlight from the performance, Legend’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” won’t soon be forgotten — especially because it was likely captured via cell phone video by more than a few fans in the audience.

After Legend’s performance, it was back to the sculpture garden for the after-party, where the revelry continued thanks to dance music provided by Parisian DJ Stephane Pompougnac. The City of Light had nothing on Dallas during this enchanted evening.

The Dallas Museum of Art’s annual Art Ball has raised more than $20 million to support the museum in its mission of engaging and educating the community.