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Art Ball kickoff yields big news: Sexy soul singer John Legend to perform at 2014 gala

Art Ball kickoff yields big news: John Legend to perform at 2014 gala

Tanya Foster, Kris Johnson, Holly Deason, art ball kickoff party
Tanya Foster, Kris Johnson, Holly Deason Photo by Bruno
Nancy Carlson, Lynn McBee, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Nancy Carlson, Lynn McBee Photo by Bruno
Gina Betts, Art Ball 2014 Chairman, Art Ball Announcement Party host Bob Nickell
Gina Betts, Bob Nickell Photo by Bruno
Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art, Robert Ivey, Art Ball Kick off
Robert Stein, Robert Ivey Photo by Bruno
Jackie and Peter Stewart, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Jackie Stewart, Peter Stewart Photo by Bruno
Douglas Carney, Michael Flores, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Douglas Carney, Michael Flores Photo by Bruno
Rozalyn Colombo, Gigi St. Pe, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Rozalyn Colombo, Gigi St. Pe Photo by Bruno
Cece and Ford Lacy, Art Ball Kickoff Party
CeCe Lacy, Ford Lacy Photo by Bruno
Janie and Pat Hamner, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Janie Hamner, Pat Hamner Photo by Bruno
Ken Betts, David Bland, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Kenn Betts, David Bland Photo by Bruno
Tanya Foster, Kris Johnson, Holly Deason, art ball kickoff party
Nancy Carlson, Lynn McBee, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Gina Betts, Art Ball 2014 Chairman, Art Ball Announcement Party host Bob Nickell
Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art, Robert Ivey, Art Ball Kick off
Jackie and Peter Stewart, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Douglas Carney, Michael Flores, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Rozalyn Colombo, Gigi St. Pe, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Cece and Ford Lacy, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Janie and Pat Hamner, Art Ball Kickoff Party
Ken Betts, David Bland, Art Ball Kickoff Party

The Art Ball is one of the most anticipated events of the spring social season in Dallas. To kick off this upcoming year's fundraising festivities, supporters gathered for a private reception at the home of Bob Nickell.

Art Ball 2014 chairman Gina Betts wasted no time announcing some exciting news to guests — including Cece and Ford Lacy, Sharon Young, Dallas Museum of Art executive director Maxwell L. Anderson, Claire Dewar, Jackie and Peter Stewart, Douglas Carney, Michael Flores, Nancy Carlson, Lynn McBee, Rozalyn Colombo, Gigi St. Pe, Tanya Foster, Kris Johnson, and Holly Deason that Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter, musician and producer John Legend will headline the May 3 gala at the DMA.

"I chose John Legend to perform because not only is he a phenomenal talent, but his music is reminiscent of the 1920s, with a modern twist," Betts said. "With John, R&B, soul and neo soul are all wrapped into one talented singer-songwriter. I think he will appeal to all ages attending the ball."

Betts also announced that long-standing DMA patrons Jennifer and John Eagle will be the 2014 Art Ball honorees, and Nancy and Richard Rogers will serve as the 2014 honorary chairmen.

This tres chic celebration will honor the creativity of 1920s Paris as depicted in works of art by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, haute couture by designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, and spectacular jewelry by Cartier. The ball will be designed by Dallas events superstar Tom Addis.

Addis plans to bring 1920s Paris to Dallas by incorporating a beautiful clear tent over the Sculpture Garden, which will be transformed into a romantic French garden where guests will enjoy cocktails and the silent auction. Partygoers will then stroll to the tented Ross Avenue Plaza to enjoy a multi-course seated dinner featuring French and art deco-inspired cuisine by Cassandra Fine Catering. Following the dinner will be a luxury live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items.

Once John Legend takes the stage in the main tent, the Sculpture Garden will become the setting for a sultry after-party, with Hemingway-inspired bars and dance music provided by DJ Stephane Pompougnac from Hotel Costes in Paris. A DJ all the way from Paris? It's safe to say that the masterminds behind Art Ball have really been "on the ball" this year.

Over the past 14 years, Art Ball has raised more than $20 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art's mission of engaging and educating the community. With the help of many loyal supporters, the museum is admission free, which allows anyone and everyone to enjoy everything the museum has to offer.