The Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art recently gathered more than 100 members of their loyal crew for a save-the-date party of sorts to announce a one-time only event they are calling Director's Cut.
Happening in lieu of the beloved annual fundraiser, An Affair of the Art, Director's Cut is still mostly shrouded in mystery. Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn invited guests to enjoy a glass of champagne as they made their way up to Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck.
While guests enjoyed panoramic views of the city, refreshing summer cocktails and light Asian-inspired bites, the Obsurns let the crowd in on this new party benefiting the teen educational programs of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Turns out a large portion of this event plays on the element of surprise. What we do know is that the event is being hosted by DMA director Maxwell L. Anderson and his wife, Jacqueline, on September 19, but that's about it. It's a given that cocktails, bites and an auction will be part of the evening; however, the location is a secret only revealed to those who purchase a ticket for $150.
This event is inspired by the director's cut in the world of film, which is the specially edited version of a movie by its director that is targeted to a dedicated fan base. Playing on this theme, guests of the September event can expect Anderson to reveal the future direction of the Junior Associates' annual fundraising initiatives.
Will An Affair of the Art return or is something bigger, and dare we say better, on the horizon? We will find out soon enough, but Rachel Osburn promises “Lots of secrets, and lots of excitement!”
Post announcement, attendees — including Andrea and Heath Cheek, Lisa and Robert Turbow, Rachel Roberts, Shelby Foster, Lindsay and Ray Ballotta, Tierney Kaufman, John McCarley, Jourdan and Harry McClish, Whitney and Jon Patton, Angela and Darron Banks, Olivia Trevino, Vodi Cook, Alissa Kaiser, Christian Walker, Lane Cates, Veronica Roper, and Claire and Travis McLeod — were given a head start on buying raffle tickets for the five impressive packages to be given away at Director's Cut, including two NorthPark packages, two Art Ball packages and a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the DMA's premiere of "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots." Raffle tickets are $30 each or four for $100.
Since 1994, the Junior Associates have raised over $2 million benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art, with proceeds supporting nationally touring exhibitions, acquisitions of artwork for the DMA's collection and, in recent years, the expansion of the museum's teen educational programs.