The Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates let it all hang out at their annual holiday party at Cris Worley Fine Arts in the Dallas Design District. These YPs not only looked back on all the fun they had in 2014, but also toasted the year to come.
Guests immediately got in the spirit with the help of DJ Blake Ward, who spun a solid mix of holiday tunes. Once coats were checked and initial hellos were exchanged, partygoers headed straight to the bar for a cocktail or beer donated by Lakewood Brewing Company.
Then it was time to nosh on treats from Beyond the Box Catering, including dried mission figs with blue cheese mousse and apple smoked bacon and sweet red grape lollipops crusted in goat cheese and pistachios on tomato confit. Hey, just because these are young adults doesn’t mean their palates aren’t mature.
Because this is a group of art enthusiasts, gallery owner Cris Worley was onsite to discuss the paintings on view by California artist Patti Oleo. She also took the opportunity to announce that her gallery is moving to Levee Street (also in the Design District) in January 2015.
Event co-chairs Lindsay Ballotta and Andrea and Heath Cheek thanked everyone for coming and reflected on some of the most memorable events of the year that supported the Dallas Museum of Art and attracted new members.
“This past year has been a fun and adventurous one for Junior Associates, including our Artrageous Affair of the Art with live graffiti art and the trip to Marfa in November,” said Andrea Cheek, before revealing some of the 2015 events on the calendar.
“We’re looking forward to our upcoming Curators’ Choice in January 2015 followed by an art tour in Deep Ellum and an art-filled trip to New York in March that will include parties with Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council and MoMA’s Junior Associates.”
Guests — including Catherine Cody, Rachel and Nathan Nash, Shelby Adams, and Jack Cornell — ended the evening by posing in the photo booth and grabbing cool coasters wrapped in holiday ribbon supplied by One Dallas Center.
“With a membership that includes a diverse group of more than 400 young professionals, Junior Associates provides tremendous opportunities to network while simultaneously enjoying art and culture,” said member Ray Ballotta. “The Junior Associates is truly a fantastic avenue to develop long-lasting friendships and enjoy art in a non-intimidating environment.”