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Magnolia Ball's Blossoms Bloomin'

Pollen isn’t the only thing in bloom this summer. Next Saturday (6.20), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will play host to its second annual Magnolia Ball. The soiree, which benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design, will honor southern artists. Like any proper NOLA party, the event will feature an open bar, two auctions and food from numerous vendors. 


Sarah Story, the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, said that the event began last year because though the museum traditionally holds a formal gala in October, organizers also wanted a chance to celebrate other parts of the museum. The Magnolia Ball boasts a lower ticket price and a more casual vibe.


Last year, around 400 people of all ages came out to the ball. The Ogden is aiming for even more guests this year. Like last year, the Magnolia Ball will feature a silent auction, music and open bar. Items in the silent auction are already being bid upon online. 


But the Magnolia Ball will also have some new elements. The 2015 gala will have a live auction with five items up for sale. It will also include a patron lounge in the library. 


This year’s musical entertainment is provided by the Free Spirit Brass Band, The Roamin’ Jasmine, ET’s All-Star Express and DJ Matty. Local restaurants including Cane & Table, CellarDoor, Delachaise and Boucherie will offer food to attendees. 


The Magnolia Ball will benefit the Center for Southern Craft and Design, which is a part of the museum. The Center allows artisans an opportunity to display and sell their work.


“It’s an area of the museum that not many people know about. It’s really unique,” Story said. “It highlights people and artists that make craft art rather than fine art. It’s something different than what we highlight at our other gala.”


She said that this year’s event will really be something special.


“I’m really excited about the art this year, and I’m excited because it brings a lot of people into our building at once with lots of different things to do,” Story said. “You can see our collection. You can see the different artists in the auction. You can listen to music, and there’s amazing food and cocktails. I just think the whole evening is a nice and fun place for people to be.”


Plus, she said, it most importantly brings New Orleanians to see the work of other southern artists. 


“It’s nice that it’s in our building so it can connect back to our mission of sharing art with our audience,” Story said. 

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